My road in life took a while to figure out.
When she was five years old, she got to interact with a dolphin at a zoo—this sparked her desire to dedicate her life to animals.
She grew up with a very supportive family indulging her interest in animals whenever possible by taking her to zoos or buying her books to read.
Says she became motivated by the questions: Why do animals do what they do? How do humans affect that? How do they affect us?
Attended Emporia State University, where she majored in communications, since, at the time, there was no straight path to working in animal behavior.
Worked as an animal trainer for over 10 years.
Got an opportunity to work as an animal behavioral associate for Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
She now works as the Curator of Animal Behavior & Welfare at the Oklahoma City Zoo where she strives to ensure that all 1,400 animals have a quality life there.
She is passionate about conservation, inspiring people to care about preserving animal species, and ensuring that future generations are able to experience them.
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