From animal keeper to zoo director, my career spanned over forty years. It included positions with a half dozen of America’s great zoos during the most transformational era in zookeeping in more than a century—a time when zoos went from 19th century menageries to modern day arks.
From elephants to apes and belugas to bears, I learned valuable lessons from the countless animals I encountered. Rhinos helped me realize that I will never be too old to learn, and a dog named Joy taught me how to seize the day. But what is the greatest lesson of all? Find out in my new book, Lessons from the Zoo. Animals have much to teach us if we will take the time to listen.