After graduating with a degree is Psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Jim Weinpress spent several years working with dolphins and sea lions in Key Largo, Florida. He then moved out west to Salt Lake City to Utah’s Hogle Zoo, where he continued his work with marine mammals and had the opportunity to train with African elephants, white rhino, and grizzly bears. Jim eventually made his way back to New York working at the Aquarium of Niagara, running the marine mammal department, and his now back to where he first experienced animals up close as a child; Seneca Park Zoo. Here he works with pachyderms and pinnipeds, in addition to his newest love, African lions. His passions lie in behavioral training that focuses on voluntary participation in husbandry and medical behaviors, and using the relationships built upon this to create engaging and informative programming for guests to illustrate the practices of modern zoological organizations and the critical role they play in conservation efforts, both locally and internationally.