Rank #1: Episode 21 – Jordan Veasley
I speak with Jordan Veasley, a zookeeper at the Woodland Park Zoo. I came across Jordan when one of his youtube videos was retweeted onto my twitter timeline. This episode starts with a discussion about this video. We chat about a specific incident that happened to him while working as a keeper, why there aren’t more African American zookeepers and how Jordan hopes to help make this career colorblind.
We also talk about Jordan’s journey to his current role and what the future holds for him. Please follow him on Instagram and check out everything he does.
If you are an animal care professional and would like to share your story please contact me on twitter @MPricer
Rank #2: Episode 1 – Conny Carson
Episode 1 – Connie Carson
Rank #3: Episode 7 – Kristy Williams
Episode 7 – Kristy Williams
Rank #4: Episode 9 – Anthony Brown
Episode 9 – Anthony Brown
Rank #5: Episode 19 – Jim Sanford
I speak with Jim Sanford of the Minnesota Zoo. We discuss his journey from college student, to intern, to multiple zookeeper positions before settling back home in Minnesota. This is the story of a zookeeper who knew exactly what he wanted to do for a living and went out and achieved his goal. You can follow Jim @jimthezookeeper on twitter if you’d like to get in touch with him.
As always, if you are an animal care professional and would like to tell your story on the podcast, please reach out to me on twitter or email
Rank #6: Episode 8 – Lindsey King
Episode 8 – Lindsey King
Rank #7: Episode 6 Ashley Roberts
Episode 6 Ashley Roberts
Rank #8: Episode 15 – Blaine Peluso-Miller
Episode 15 – Blaine Peluso-Miller
Rank #9: Episode 14 – Becky Wolf
Episode 14 – Becky Wolf
Rank #10: Episode 20 – Josh Courteau
I speak with Josh Courteau, Training manager and LearnZims Teaching Partnership Coordinator at Species 360. We talk about the importance of ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) to the zoo industry and how they have been helping zoos behind the scenes since 1974. This isn’t the kind of guest we normally have on this show as he doesn’t work directly with animals, but I thought it would be great to have on someone who works behind the scenes in the zoo industry. If you love animals and technology this might be the kind of job you are looking for.
Some of the stats that Josh threw out were slightly off and he wanted me to make sure you guys got the correct numbers so here they are:
~1,100 zoos and aquariums in over 93 countries managing >10,000,000 animals current and historic representing 22,000 species. Every day, 15,000 keepers, curators, vets have access to ~82,000,000 medical records and ~222,000,000 husbandry records. More on ZIMS, our Teaching Partnerships and more: http://training.species360.org/LearnZIMS/
You can follow Josh on twitter @thesciencerules