Category Archives: Profiles

2012 AZA Photo Contest Winner: Paul Selvaggio at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

AZA 2012 Photo Contest Winner: Paul Selvaggio, Creative Director at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Paul has been the creative director at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for 18 years. He is responsible for the graphic design, visual … Continue reading

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Meet the Executive VP of Animal Health: Gary West at the Phoenix Zoo

Describe your job? As the Executive Vice President of Animal Health and Collections I oversee a staff of 100 amazing and dedicated professionals including curators, keepers, and the veterinary staff of the Phoenix Zoo as well as more than 1,100 … Continue reading

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Meet the PR and Marketing Manager: Linda Hardwick at the Phoenix Zoo

Describe your job: I do a little bit of everything at the Phoenix Zoo! My primary objective is to increase the Zoo’s exposure through public relations efforts, namely free media coverage. I work closely with several local media outlets to … Continue reading

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Meet the People!

Over the last year, AZA‘s Explore blog has brought you stories about the accomplishments of the dedicated and caring people who work at AZA accredited zoos and aquariums.  As the blog enters its second year, we thought we would take … Continue reading

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Meet the AquaVan Operations Lead: Lydia Gibson at the Vancouver Aquarium

Describe your job: I work with the Vancouver Aquarium’s classroom on wheels, the AquaVan. For four to seven weeks at a time, we travel throughout various provinces in Canada, bringing marine education programs into schools and communities. We bring with … Continue reading

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Meet the Farm Manager: Tori Mason at the Nashville Zoo

Describe your job: I manage the Grassmere Historic Farm at the Nashville Zoo, which includes a ca. 1810 historic house museum with 95 percent original belongings, the outbuildings (smokehouse, kitchen, carriage barn, plus a family cemetery), and the livestock barn which houses … Continue reading

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Meet the Veterinary Technician: Alison Mott at the Sacramento Zoo

Describe your job: I am a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) at the Sacramento Zoo’s Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital. I assist the veterinarians in all aspects of medical care, this includes care for any hospitalized animals and the Zoo’s newest … Continue reading

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Meet the Animal Curator: Liz Hile at the Living Desert in Palm Springs

Describe your job: As Curator of Animals, I manage Animal Department personnel and the animal collection, but not on the front lines like the Keepers do. I am responsible for the overall health and welfare of the animal collection.  I … Continue reading

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Noted Conservationist David “Jonah” Western to Give Keynote at AZA’s Mid-Year Meeting

AZA and the Living Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., welcome noted conservationist David “Jonah” Western as the keynote speaker at AZA’s Mid-Year Meeting on 27 March. Western will speak on the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation.  In an … Continue reading

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Meet the Associate Curator: Chris Schreiber at the Georgia Aquarium

Describe your job. I work with the team responsible for taking care of our Ocean Voyager exhibit. This exhibit houses four whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and four manta rays, the first and only mantas in the … Continue reading

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