My road in life took a while to figure out.
He has always had a lifelong fascination with reptiles and amphibians.
Attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his degree in zoology.
While he was in college, he volunteered at the Oklahoma City Zoo in order to gain experience in the field—says the best way to get into zookeeping is to volunteer.
After graduating, he spent a lot of time venturing throughout South America studying poison dart frogs.
Says that all of this traveling and studying sparked his passions for research, conservation, and protecting endangered species.
After coming back to the U.S., he wanted to find a job where he could work hands-on with the animals he was passionate about and continue to stay involved in conservation efforts.
He is now the Senior Animal Caretaker for all of the reptiles and amphibians at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
He is also heavily involved with the conservation organization Jatun Sacha in Ecuador where he has started his own amphibian conservation projects focused on understanding their population decline.
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