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Wheeling, West Virginia,26003
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and overnight accommodations. The 271-room Wilson Lodge at Oglebay has 59 premium rooms, a spa, two dining facilities, 22,000 sq. ft of meeting space, business ce... more.
WHEELING - Oglebay's Good Zoo has a new man in charge, as it welcomes Joe Greathouse to its team as zoo director.
"Joe is the right person to lead and oversee Oglebay's Good Zoo," said Stephen Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission CEO. ANIMALS - Joe Greathouse, the newly named director of Oglebay's Good Zoo, is shown with some of the kangaroos at the zoo. -- Contributed Greathouse's previous work experience also includes serving as director of conservation science and wildlife ecology at The Wilds and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and as an instructor of zoo science and exotic animal medicine at West Virginia University. "I hope to assist in supporting the vision of the Good Zoo by continuing the operation of a financially strong and well respected zoological institution," Greathouse said. "There are some exciting new opportunities happening at the zoo and I am thankful to be a part of the team." In addition to accepting the position at the Good Zoo, Greathouse also serves as assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University. There, Greathouse assisted with the creation of a new zoo science major which is the first of its kind in West Virginia. The program is a partnership between Oglebay's Good Zoo and West Liberty University and will offer students hands-on curriculum in animal care beginning this fall. Graduates of the program will earn a bachelor of science degree in biology and will be prepared to work at any of the 230 zoos in the United States accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Greathouse holds a bachelor of science degree in biology, a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries resources management, and a doctorate in animal and nutrition sciences.
Oglebay's Good Zoo has a new man in charge, as it welcomes Joe Greathouse to its team as zoo director.
"Joe is the right person to lead and oversee Oglebay's Good Zoo," said Stephen Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission CE.
Joe Greathouse, West Liberty University assistant biology professor, taught zoo animal classes at West Virginia University for several years; was The Wilds and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wildlife ecology director for three years; and was Oglebay's Good Zoo animal curator for 15 years.
Joe Greathouse, curator of animals at Oglebay's Good Zoo in Wheeling, WV, has been studying and conducting a census of hellbenders in West Virginia since 2005.
He has learned that they don't wander far from home and seem unable to cross stretches of silty stream bottoms.
Joe Greathouse, curator of animals at Oglebay's Good Zoo in Wheeling, W.Va., has been studying and conducting a census of hellbenders in West Virginia since 2005.
He has learned that they don't wander far from home and seem unable to cross stretches of silty stream bottoms. Perhaps with no rocks to hide under, they are simply easy prey for predators. Greathouse values input from anglers. "Since word of this study got out, I've received many calls from fishermen," he said.