Speaker: Ronald L. Fricke Jr.
Deputy Director for Animals, Education and Conservation
will review these and other recent zoo projects.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Ron spent eight years as a teacher and developed science curriculum that incorporated live animals into the classroom setting.
In 1991 Ron moved to the field of informal science education becoming an exhibit/program coordinator at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
In 1994 Ron joined the Philadelphia Zoo's education department, and spent more than twelve years in several positions including Vice President of Education and as a media spokesperson for the Zoo.
shared the Zoo
's conservation message on many local and national radio and television shows such as "Good Morning America," "Good Day Philadelphia" and "Wild Moments".
Ron went on to become the Philadelphia Zoo's Vice President of Guest Relations and directed the day to day operations of the guest experience at the Zoo.
In 2007, Ron was selected to become the Toledo Zoo's Deputy Director for Animals, Education and Conservation, the position that he currently holds.
is responsible for the oversight of the animal, animal health, animal behavior, education and conservation departments at the Zoo
, and works closely with other departments as the Zoo strives to reach its mission of "Inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world."