Curator of Education & Conservation
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Jacque Williamson has been the Curator of Education and Conservation at the Brandywine Zoo since 2013. She started her zoo career as an AmeriCorps intern at Brandywine Zoo in 2007 in the Education Department, after graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy. After completing that internship, she worked in public horticulture for five years, all while continuing to work and volunteer off and on at Brandywine Zoo and several other zoos as both a keeper and educator in the region over the next five years. She returned to school to complete her Master’s in Zoology from Miami University in 2011, finishing her degree in 2013.
Since returning to Brandywine Zoo as a curator in 2013, Jacque has built the zoo’s in-situ conservation programs from the ground up, following the model she learned at Miami University, focusing on community-based conservation. In addition to overseeing the education programs at the zoo, she runs several collaborative wildlife research projects around Delaware, including projects working with the Urban Wildlife Information Network, the American Kestrel Partnership, and eMammal. She’s a licensed bird bander for raptors, and has experience trapping, banding, deploying auxiliary bands and tracking devices.
She also sits on several program steering committees, including the Raptor Taxon Advisory Group as the Education Advisor, the African Vultures SAFE program’s Education and Outreach Subcommittee chair, the Ambassador Animal Scientific Advisory Group as the Communications Committee co-chair, and sits on the Urban Wildlife Information Network’s Administration Committee.