WE WEREN'T THE FIRST

PAYING HOMAGE TO THE TRAILBLAZERS

Members of AMZAP stand on the shoulders of the minority zoo professionals who forged their own paths. Some of these people were the first or only keepers, veterinarians or researchers of ethnic or racial minority heritage at their facilities. Others were the first or only minorities at their facilities to hold senior leadership positions.

AMZAP appreciates and celebrates all who came before us and paved (or are paving) the way. Learn about some noteworthy figures in exotic animal care and conservation below. Know any minority trailblazers from your institution? Email us so we can share their story.

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MEET SOME NOTEWORTHY FIGURES IN OUR PROFESSION

 
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Smithsonian's National Zoo

Smithsonian's National Zoo / Arizona Center for Nature Conservation (Phoenix Zoo)

Smithsonian's National Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoological Society of Milwaukee, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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St. Louis Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Pittsburgh Zoo, Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo, Fresno Chaffee Zoo