William K. Baker, Jr.
Bill joined the team at Safe Haven as Practice Manager in 2014.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from West Texas State University in 1989 followed by his post-graduate work in Zoology.
areas of research are crisis management, zoological safety, and animal behavior, which draws upon his
experience as a Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist, PADI Rescue Diver, AGFC and TPWD Hunter Safety Instructor, NRA Firearms Instructor, Safe Capture graduate, and Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor.
He is also a member of Who's Who of Professional Management.
has been active in the fields of wildlife management and zoology for 30 years, and has worked at numerous universities and zoological facilities in the Southwest.
experience includes positions as Lab and Museum Assistant, ERT Leader, Elephant and Marine Mammal Trainer, Large Mammal Keeper, Senior Keeper, Curator, and Director.
also operated a consulting and research firm specializing in exotic felid husbandry, ethology, environmental enrichment, and operant conditioning training.
In addition, he was a contributing author to the AVMA Disaster Preparedness and Response Guide.
Bill has served on the AZA Antelope TAG, the Zoo Best Practices Working Group, the Maned Wolf SSP Management Committee, and was a contributing author to the Jaguar SSP Husbandry Manual and Associate Editor for the AAZK book "Resources for Crisis Management".
He has also served as a Board Member for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
hobbies include art, fishing, hiking, hunting, scuba diving, tactical pistol, writing fiction or cowboy poetry, and he
first started riding horses when he
was 10 years old and still loves old leathers, a good horse, and long trail rides with his