Busch Gardens Tampa
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Miguel currently works at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as an Instructor for the Education Department. His daily tasks include engaging and inspiring guests with up-close animal encounters, organizing and leading resident & day camps, school programs, outreaches and sleepovers for schools located across the surrounding counties. Miguel has also assisted the Animal Ambassador Team with animal husbandry, tours, and educational encounters. He is constantly working to better the educational programs at Busch Gardens to ensure that all guests receive the best experience possible.
Miguel is a first-generation Mexican collegiate student (the University of South Florida) majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. While in school Miguel began his career with Busch Gardens Tampa as a Seasonal Resident Camp Counselor. In this position he had the opportunity to work with and teach students from around the globe about the importance of conserving our natural ecosystems.
Miguel gained his extensive knowledge in Conservation Education through a variety of experiences while going through school. He interned at the Florida Aquarium in husbandry care, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, and he worked at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park as a Guest Engagement Guide II.
Miguel is a strong advocate for all animals and is eager to educate and instill that same love, admiration, and respect with every guest he encounters. His favorite part of his job is being able to connect and inspire the next generation of conversationists. His advice to those who are interested in pursuing a career in the zoological field with a company like Busch Gardens is to begin interning as early as possible. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned in animal and conversation and the sooner you begin to learn, the more you will instill in others the future.