Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Welcome Jeremy, our summer red wolf caretaker intern!

Please help us welcome our most recent addition to the Red Wolf Recovery Program, Jeremy!  He will be the red wolf caretaker intern April through August 2014. 

Jeremy was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. As a high school student, he began volunteering in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Zoo ALIVE teen education program.  Soon after, he joined the Zoo’s education department as a full-time employee.  At the Zoo, his mission is to nurture respect for animals and their habitats, and to promote conservation action by providing educational opportunities and experiences.  After five years assisting with these educational programs, Jeremy switched gears and is now a seasonal carnivore keeper at the Zoo. He is excited to see the new Andean bear, sun bear, and painted dog habitats--all of which will open this summer!

Jeremy graduated from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He is considering attending graduate school to earn a a Masters in conservation biology with a focus on carnivores.  Jeremy also has spent some time at another Red Wolf Species Survival Plan facility, the Endangered Wolf Center (EWC; Saint Louis, MO).  He participated in the EWC internship program and continues to volunteer there. He is very thankful to the EWC for inspiring him to pursue a career working with carnivores.

Jeremy and wild red wolf pup in the Red Wolf Recovery Area.
We’re lucky to have Jeremy as he brings a wealth of education and outreach experience, animal handling skills, and knowledge of carnivore biology to this position.  During the summer, we receive many visitors to this region and we’re grateful for his assistance and outreach support.

Welcome Jeremy!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Jeremy on your internship. Sounds like your life is on an amazing trajectory!