The premier animal training group in New Zealand. With credits in many international productions, in New Zealand and overseas, Caroline Girdlestone and James Delaney are among the world’s best at presenting, and representing, animals in film.
Hero Animals is based on their own 300 acre farm on the
Kapiti Coast, 45 minutes by road north of Wellington, New
Zealand. The property encompasses extensive purpose
designed indoor and outdoor training facilities and animal
housing. A fleet of purpose built animal transport units
means Hero Animals is instantly mobile.
As a result of thirty years in business, Hero Animals has
connections and affiliations with all significant and relevant
animal welfare organisations, breeders, collectors and
Head Trainer / Co-ordinator
Caroline began working in the film industry in 1979 and
spent her first ten years in the Art Department.This
foundation gave Caroline an essential insight into the
requirements of the camera and therefore how to develop
and direct an animals performance to best achieve the
directors final on screen requirement.
Breaking down a script, choreographing achievable animal
action, detailed budgeting, attentive communication and
thorough preparation are the key issues Caroline would
always put at the top of her list.
With over 500 projects to her name, Caroline primarily
services the New Zealand market of feature films, TV
dramas and commercials, as well as heading departments
on international studio films.
Caroline is recognised as a leading trainer in Australasia
and has developed an enviable international reputation.
Head Trainer and Supervior.
James has spent the last 20 years training animals for film
and television both locally and internationally.
His background in forestry and farming has been instrumental
in developing the Hero farm into a top producing sheep
and beef unit with a large viable forestry block.
James operates a complex breeding program as well as
maintaining all of the animals that are kept specifically for
Multiple animal setups are his forte, and using a well
developed knowledge of positive training techniques,
James supervises the training schedules and the way they
are implemented by their trainers, to develop a consolidated
and consistent performance.