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Stephanie Gonzalez

Ethnicity:

Mexican-American

Current position: 

Zookeeper, Birds

Current facility:

Houston Zoo

Year zoo career began:

Stephanie Gonzalez is a Zookeeper at the Houston Zoo where cares for many different bird species including the critically endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken. Through her role as a wildlife conservationist and animal caretaker she hopes to help others fall in love with the animals we share the planet with and inspire as many people as she can to take wildlife-saving actions.

Stephanie has had a passion for working with animals for as long as she can remember. She can still recall a time when she was four years old and attempted to resuscitate a rat she had found with a new toy veterinary kit. After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in biology, Stephanie secured a position as an assistant educator at the El Paso Zoo where she had previously worked as a volunteer. While at the El Paso Zoo, Stephanie worked her way up to the role of education specialist before transitioning to a new position as a trainer and facility manager at a bird show. Her love of birds eventually led her to her current position at the Houston Zoo.