·Animal Care Staff - Hoofstock
·Started at Denver Zoo: 2011 as a full time keeper, Intern from 2001-2004
·Years in AAZK: 3 with RMAAZK, 11 with National AAZK
·Previous Zoo: The Maryland Zoo from 2007-2011, Abilene Zoo from 2004-2007
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: "The first time that we were able to obtain a voluntary blood sample from our 5 year old female Okapi, "Kalispell". After just two months training the behavior, we were able to get a voluntary sample from her jugular vein. It is an amazing accomplishment and am so thrilled to work with "Kalispell" and our amazing animal care team to reach these amazing milestones in animal training!"
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Comedy Night & National Zoo Keeper Week
·Trainer II - Birds, Mammals, and Program Animals at Downtown Aquarium
·Started at Downtown Aquarium: January 2015
·Years in AAZK: 1 with RMAAZK, 7 with National AAZK
·Previous Zoos: Memphis Zoo from 2012 - 2015, Trailside Museums and Zoo from 2006 - 2012.
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: "Hand rearing a young sea lion at the Memphis Zoo. When I started there, she was one month old. It was amazing to be able to go from bottle feeding her, to teaching her how to swim, to training her behaviors, to finally working her in a show. When I left that facility, she was two and a half years old. I have been back to visit and she is doing well."
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Bowling For Rhinos & National Zoo Keeper Week
·Animal Care Staff - Predators
·Started at Denver Zoo: 2015 as a full time keeper, previous intern
·Years with AAZK: 2 with RMAAZK
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: My favorite zoo keeping moment was training my first behavior: tapir voluntary blood draw. Being able to gain Benny the tapir’s trust over a few months and finally being able to obtain a blood sample from him voluntarily was awesome! It is awesome to work so closely with an animal, gain their trust and build their confidence, and be able to train a behavior that advances their husbandry!
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Comedy Night
Animal Care Staff - Night Keeper
·Started at Denver Zoo: June 2016
·Years with AAZK: 2 with RMAAZK, 4 with National AAZK
·Previous Zoo: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 2014-2016, America’s Teaching Zoo 2011-2013
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: I’m struggling to think of just one moment, but one consistent thing I love is sharing about my job. Zoo keepers get to do and are doing so many cool things, and everyone should hear about it!
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Comedy Night & the Holiday Bazaar
·Animal Care Staff - Birds
·Started at Denver Zoo:
·Years in AAZK:
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment:
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser:
Animal Care- Trainer III
·Started at Downtown Aquarium: October 2011
·Years with AAZK: 2
·Previous Zoo: just the Aquarium! But I did learn how to do field research in Costa Rica before I started in the field chasing howler monkeys and capuchins.
·Favorite Zoo Keeping Moment: Holding a baby binturong for the first time. That little tail wrapped around my neck and it was a moment I will remember forever!
·Favorite RMAAZK Event/Fundraiser: Painting for polar bears