Ron Fricke, vice president, education
...Ron FrickeVice President, Education As vice president of education at the Philadelphia Zoo, Ron manages education programs for school groups, members, summer campers and visitors.
The Zoo's primary mission is to educate people about animals and inspire them to help protect wildlife here and around the globe.Ron
helps the Zoo
fulfill this mission by creating dynamic programs that engage children and grownups as they learn about the fascinating world of animals.
reaches hundreds of thousands of people a year through educational programs in the Zoo and throughout the community.Ron
oversees offsite outreach efforts such as Zoo
on Wheels, which takes animals to visit schools, nursing homes and other community sites.Ron also manages the Children's Zoo and the Treehouse interactive exhibit, and he directs the Zoo's travel program, which offers ecotourism trips at home and abroad.Ron
has led trips to Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, the Amazon
in Peru, Belize, Guatemala and Greece. Ron
has been educating people with live animals for over 20 years.A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ron was a classroom teacher for eight years.From there, he spent four years as coordinator for the Ports of Discovery at the Carnegie Science Center.He's
active in the field of herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), working with many species and heading several herpetological societies.