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Episode 69: Zoo Talk with Bethany Bingham, President of AAZK

January 17, 2019

Bethany Bingham is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).  She is also the AAZK Conference Manager and assists host chapters with their planning for the annual AAZK National Conference.  During her involvement with AAZK, she has been the Board Oversight for the Communication Committee, the Professional Development Committee and the International Outreach Committee.  She has been a member of her local AAZK chapter since the beginning of her zoo career, and has held several officer positons including chairing the annual Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) fundraiser.   

Bethany now works as the Development Coordinator at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.  Her career at Hogle Zoo began more than 20 years ago and included 10 years as a zoo keeper, focusing primarily on hoofstock species such as Bactrian camels, Grevy’s zebra and Desert Bighorn Sheep.  She then spent 11 years as a zoo veterinary technician, providing excellent medical care for a variety of species. Bethany has had the opportunity to travel to Kenya several times to participate in research projects for the Grevy’s Zebra.  She has also represented AAZK through the Bowling for Rhinos Program and had the opportunity to travel to Africa and Indonesia to see rhinos and other wildlife in their natural habitats. She has experienced first-hand how the BFR program is helping conservation partners protect wildlife and wild places.   

Bethany graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State University.  At a young age, she fell in love with horses and was given the opportunity to pursue her dream of competing all the way to the national level.  This connection with horses helped shape her future for pursuing a career as a zoo keeper and ignited her passion for conservation of wildlife.  

Hogle Zoo

American Association of Zoo Keepers

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