Joe Krathwohl, known to many as “The Birdman,®" originally grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he was 10 years old he bought a small parrot and decided to train that bird to perform the same behaviors that he saw larger parrots on television could do. A few years later one of his teachers suggested that he give a bird demonstration for her students, and voila! Joe discovered the thrill of presenting trained birds! At 14 he was given his first large birds by owners who could no longer keep them, a Triton Cockatoo and a Blue and Gold Macaw. Over the next few summers, Krathwohl worked as a bird trainer at a quarantine station and then at a parrot themed car wash. At the age of 17 he was performing free-flight bird shows at Marriott’s Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, CA. Krathwohl saved his money and gradually began acquiring more birds, still also taking in abandoned and unwanted birds. Soon, Joe was presenting free-flight bird shows at County Fairs and on Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Krathwohl also turned his sights on the ancient art of Falconry and at 17 became licensed to explore the advanced relationship between humans and raptors. The Birdman also found time to work with local wildlife centers to rescue and re-release injured birds of all types, including ocean birds. Joe also assisted the California Department of Fish and Game with several Bald and Golden Eagle rescues. At the age of 22 he completed his formal education in Behavioral Psychology and Communications from San Jose State University and subsequently moved to Las Vegas to perform with his birds at the famous Tropicana Resort on the strip. Soon after, his life was changed when he received his first Andean Condor born at the USFWS's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Joe's was the first and only educational wildlife presentation on the Las Vegas Strip and even though some thought it would never work, the show reached more than 200,000 people per year between 1989 and 2003. The show was listed as one of the top 10 bird shows in the world, and the 3rd best lounge show on the Strip. The shows also led Joe to appear on many TV shows including Leno, Letterman, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and even talk shows with Jack Hanna and Mutual of Omaha's Peter Gros. Joe still helps bird projects by other performers including Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and Criss Angel. Joe also supplies trained birds and animals for Steve Wynn’s LeReve, major resorts including Caesars Palace, and ongoing Hollywood projects by producers including Steven Speilberg and Ridley Scott. Joe is most known for his 15 years of bird shows at the famous Tropicana Resort.

Today, Joe travels the US and the world creating free flight bird shows for fairs, films, accredited zoos, parks, and aquariums, and even Disneyland and the White House. His is now known as the largest portable bird show in the world, and the only show featuring trained condors and tame cassowary. He also created a specialized training program to help zoo personnel learn to free fly birds for their educational programs. Joe even provides trained Condor Programs at the Grand Canyon's popular South Rim, and for other condor conservation programs around the West. Joe’s Las Vegas Ranch and bird sanctuary is home to around 1,000 birds, including his most dedicated project, breeding his Andean Condors to release back into the wild.

“Ever since I first saw a Condor in person, I was hooked. I knew I was going to spend my life trying to help these huge birds in any way, anywhere, that I possibly could!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Joe Krathwohl



 




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