I am ZooGirl!
I am 26 years old and a proud green and white graduate of Michigan State University. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Zoological Sciences in 2011 with concentrations in Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology, and my favorite area of study, Animal Behavior.
My passion for wildlife stretches from small and creepy crawlies to enormous mega-mammals. Ask me what my favorite animal is and I may answer different depending on the day! I do, however, have a soft spot for anything avian, thanks to an amazing internship I did in my last year of school at the Bird Center of Wastenaw County in
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
After I graduated and completed my internship, I began a Zookeeper position in Saginaw, Michigan. There, I worked with all kinds of animals: birds, reptiles, mammals, and the creepy crawly stuff too. Though, like I said, I have a hard time playing favorites, I did become attached to 6 very special African Black-Footed Penguins. If we ever get to talking about my time at this beautiful zoo, be prepared to listen to me go on about
them for hours.
I currently reside in Philadelphia and am working at the oldest zoo in the country, the Philadephia Zoo. It is here I hope to pursue my dream of working in education in the zoo world.
I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dexter and he is nothing short of my furry child.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and geocaching, trying out new board and card games, and scoping out the local breweries with friends. I am a die-hard sports fan for certain franchises, NCAA football being high on top. While I am obsessive over Spartan football, I also am a big Red Sox fan. Being originally from the East Coast, I am about as fanatic as it gets when it comes to my athletics.