Lonnie McCaskill

Lonnie McCaskill

General Curator at Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Garden

Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Garden

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Board Member - Turtle Survival Alliance

Co Chair for East and Southeast Asia - International Union for Conservation of Nature

Part of the Steering Committee of the Crocodile Advisory Board - AZA

Member of the Steering Committee - American Zoo Association Crocodile Advisory Group

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CollegeXpert | College Funding Resource - Part 3

052 Career100-Becoming a Zoologist- An Interview with Lonnie McCaskill
Lonnie McCaskill was born and raised in Dallas Texas and has spent his early years collecting reptiles and volunteering at the Dallas Zoo and later worked full time there for 10 years-working with everything, from great apes, black rhinos, and later in the reptile department. In 1994, he was hired by the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee Florida to work with the Rhino and African hoof stock collection. Some three years after, he became part of the opening team at Animal Kingdom. He also got involved with the Turtle Survival Alliance since its inception in 2001 and currently serves as a Board Member and Advisor for the TSA India Program. Apart from that, he is also part of the Steering Committee of the AZA Crocodile Advisory Board and the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group where he gives advise and work with Flora and Fauna International on Siamese Crocodile conservation work in Cambodia. Over the years, he has been involved in conservation in Costa Rica, Belize, Gabon, South Africa, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, and Thailand. If you want to know more about Lonnie McCaskill and everything about the projects he's currently working on, you can visit their website at Expedition Cargo.

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Board of Directors | Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)

Lonnie McCaskill
Lonnie McCaskill has spent a lifetime working with tortoises and crocodilians, starting as a Junior High school volunteer in the Dallas Zoo, moving to the White Oak Conservation Center and currently working as a Zoological Manager at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Lonnie was part of the opening team for Animal Kingdom and was instrumental in the animal transport, husbandry, and training for the Primate and Ituri areas of the park. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the AZA Crocodile Advisory Group and as a member of the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group. Lonnie has been involved with the TSA since its inception in 2001 and has served as the annual Conference Chair for every TSA Annual Meeting. He has participated on several TSA missions to Asia to help build and design breeding facilities and triage confiscated group of turtles and tortoises at the Yadandabon Zoo in Myanmar. In addition, Lonnie owns and operates Expedition Cargo, a socially-conscious business that imports cultural art, artifacts, textiles and other distinctive items for the private collector, home decorator and business.

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Career 100 Podcast | College Funding Resource - Part 4

Lonnie McCaskill at 16:13 -Zoologist

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