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Sarah Snider

Ethnicity:

Filipino, Japanese, White

Current position: 

Animal Keeper- Sea Lions and Carnivores

Current facility:

Tulsa Zoo

Year zoo career began:

2016

Sarah Snider is a sea lion and carnivore keeper at the Tulsa Zoo where she provides daily care for California sea lions and African painted dogs. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but her favorite parts involve training and enrichment. She loves the thought process that she has to go through when training animals and preparing enrichment for them. She also enjoys learning about the natural history and conservation of the animals that she has had the opportunity to work with in her career. She loves sharing this information and educating guests in pop-up keeper talks.

Sarah attended Old Dominion University where she majored in biology with an animal concentration and minored in business administration. She had the opportunity to study abroad at James Cook University in Australia where she took classes in aquaculture, conservation biology, wildlife ecology and management, and Australian vertebrate fauna. After graduating, Sarah had an internship and seasonal keeper job in Zoo Atlanta’s Outback Station before taking an internship at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at the Small Mammal House. Following that internship, Sarah accepted a full-time position as a hoofstock keeper at Zoo Atlanta before moving into a mammal swing keeper position where she cared for hoofstock, carnivores, and pandas. After working at Zoo Atlanta for three and a half years Sarah moved to the Tulsa Zoo where she was a bird and small mammal keeper for a year before transitioning to her current position. Sarah is currently studying for a MAT through Miami University’s Project Dragonfly program, her focus is on human and wildlife interactions.