The Human Element Owner David McMillan
For more than 30 years David J. McMillan has trained and performed
with exotic and domestic animals. Born and raised in Ohio, and a graduate
of Ohio University, Davids career began shortly after he left
the Army in 1972. While traveling in California, David ran out of money
and answered a help-wanted advertisement. Marine World/Africa
USA, then located in Redwood City, was looking for an elephant walker
to help with their elephant rides. Six months later, David was training
elephants and performing in shows. He was hooked.
David left Marine World/Africa USA after a few years and, subsequently
in 1975, David began working at Enchanted Village theme park in Buena
Park, CA. There, David handled and trained a variety of other animal
species, including elephants, chimpanzees, lions, tigers, bears, and
camels. David performed with the animals in daily live shows and began
doing motion picture work.
A couple of years later, David began working as a freelance trainer.
In this capacity he assisted the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois with creating
a performance demonstration of how elephants are used in the Asian lumber
industry and training elephants and their handlers to perform the demonstration.
At this time, he also began working with various animal companies that
trained and provided animals in the motion picture and television industries.
Through the years, David developed and polished his training skills,
broadening his abilities to include the handling of a wide range of
animals from snakes, spiders, dogs and cats to kangaroos, emus, alligators
In 1989, one of Davids long time aspirations came true; he created
Worldwide Movie Animals, LLC.
David takes great pride in his animals and making sure that they are
happy, healthy, and well cared for. Worldwide Movie Animals, LLC also works
closely with humane organizations, including the American Humane Association,
the only national organization with the authority to oversee the welfare
of animals used in motion picture and television.
Please feel free to contact
David at Worldwide Movie Animals, LLC to ask any questions about his
career, qualifications, or his thoughts on a project.