Dawn Brancheau Biography
Birthday: April 16, 1969 (Aries)
Born In: Cedar Lake, Indiana
Dawn Brancheau was an American animal trainer who worked at ‘SeaWorld Orlando.’ Brancheau was an animal lover from a very young age. She resolved to become a ‘Shamu’ trainer after watching a ‘Shamu’ show during a family vacation in Orlando. Hence, she earned degrees in psychology and animal behavior from the ‘University of South Carolina.’ Initially, she worked with dolphins for a couple of years at ‘Six Flags Great Adventure,’ in New Jersey. In 1994, she joined ‘SeaWorld Orlando’ and started working with otters and sea lions. In 1996, she started working with orcas and eventually played an instrumental role in revamping the ‘Shamu’ show at ‘SeaWorld Orlando.’ The noted animal trainer, who spent most of her time taking care of marine animals, met with a tragic end when she was killed by an orca named Tilikum. Brancheau became the only trainer at ‘SeaWorld’ to be killed by an animal. Interestingly, the orca that killed her was involved in the deaths of two other people.