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How Hot Springs Became the Center of Animal Training
October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
What: How Hot Springs Became the Center of Animal Training: The I.Q. Zoo, the C.I.A., and the Rest of the Brelands’ Story
When: 10/18/22 @ 12pm
Where: Hybrid. In-person at Garland County Library or Virtual Livestream at facebook.com/garlandcountylibrary or youtube.com/user/GarlandCoLibrary
No registration required
This program is sponsored by the Garland County Historical Society in collaboration with the Garland County Library.
Researcher and speaker Dr. Bob Bailey tells the story of Keller and Marie Breland, who in 1946 started the first commercial enterprise based on psychologist B. F. Skinner’s operant conditioning technology. Based in Hot Springs starting in 1950, for decades their Animal Behavior Enterprises was the world’s largest producer of trained animal shows and exhibits as well as TV commercials. ABE also produced the I.Q. Zoo and Animal Wonderland, popular attractions in Hot Springs. In addition, ABE produced operational systems for US Government agencies, including the US Army, the US Navy, and the CIA.