Utah’s Hogle Zoo and the Utah Chapter AAZK

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Sat, 2011-10-29 13:57 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Utah AAZK Utahs Hogle Zoo Mary, Kimberly and Rich at the AZA conference in Atlanta

I began working for Hogle Zoo in 1989 and spent ten years designing, constructing and repairing animal exhibits. The administration and staff of Hogle Zoo supported me in my first trip to africa and in my first African volunteer projects. To this day, they continue to support the work that has been developed in great part due to their support and encouragement. Members of the staff are not only supportive through their donations of time and funds, but they are also some of my best friends. I enjoyed a fast couple of days visiting with them in Salt Lake in early September 2011, but even with that small amount of time my friends there gave me time and many words of encouragement.

Liz Larsen has been volunteering with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya as the first contact for potential volunteers and students. Liz can be contacted through our web site if you are interested in volunteering with ACK. Through the work that Liz does for us, Hogle zoo’s support goes beyond their financial contribution. Liz reviews each application and contacts the prospective volunteer to synchronize the volunteer availability with our openings.

The Utah Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers has also contributed support to ACK through the years. A past fundraiser called the Cheetah Chacha brought local performing artists to the zoo for a day dedicated to cheetahs with games, story-telling and keeper talks centered around cheetah conservation efforts in Namibia and Kenya. More recently the keepers have organized a run where proceeds from the event support conservation efforts – ACK was the 2010 recipient. The keepers also participate in the annual Bowling for Rhinos event and has in the past been amoung the top fundraisers for rhino conservation.

Several staff from Hogle have visited and volunteered with ACK, and I am happy to announce that Craig Dinsmore (Director) not only committed to continued support from Utah’s Hogle Zoo, but he personally pledged support for the camera trap study. Kimberly Davidson, Rich Hendron and Jameson Weston are amoung other friends and supporters that I would especially like to thank.

For anyone living in the Salt Lake area – please stay posted for the date that I will be speaking there next year.

Thank you again to the great team of people at Hogle who promote environmental caretaking and wildlife conservation through all of their programmes.

Action for Cheetahs in Kenya needs your help. To make a donation, please visit Project Survival – http://www.cathaven.com/ProgramDetail.aspx?id=433