HOGLE ZOO EMPLOYEES ON THE RISE
Posted On Thursday, December 11, 2008
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Two Hogle Zoo employees are adding to the success of the institution as a whole: Capital Projects Associate Director Doug Lund has been named Assistant Director—Administration/Finance, and Associate Veterinarian Dr. Erika Travis recently became board-certified in zoo animal medicine, as a new Diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). Both employees are testaments to the high caliber of staff members, and individuals invaluable to Utah’s Hogle Zoo.
Doug Lund replaces former Assistant Director Jerry Good who retired in December 2008 after 39 years at Hogle Zoo. As Assistant Director—Administration, Lund will be responsible for supervising Finance, Guest Services, Retail and Concessions, Marketing, IT and Security. Lund started as a ticket-taker at Hogle Zoo in 1974, and has had a hand in nearly every construction project for Zoo improvements. Lund has seen many changes over the past years, especially practices of exhibiting animals in more naturalistic habitats. “I’ve seen changes, then changes to changes, and Hogle Zoo keeps getting better,” said Lund. “We strive to ever-improve the guest experience here at the Zoo.” In the next year, Lund looks forward to master planning, while continuing a successful business model for the Zoo.
Associate Veterinarian Dr. Erika Travis is another Hogle Zoo employee with a recent significant accomplishment. While maintaining full-time status at Hogle Zoo, Dr. Travis became board-certified by the ACZM. The ACZM exam is a rigorous, two-day process consisting of written and practical sections; in 2008 only six veterinarians in the United States acquired this certification. “This was a very academic test and it was necessary for me to study seven days a week, memorize various journals and textbooks, and be at the top of my game on research,” said Dr. Travis. She has worked toward this milestone for her entire career. “Certification in zoological medicine was a personal professional goal I sought since my internship at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and residency at St. Louis Zoo. Now I can draw on these credentials at Hogle Zoo by teaching students and interns, and with greater knowledge of fieldwork.”
Currently, Lund and Dr. Travis are working together, along with Associate Director—Animal Health Dr. Nancy Carpenter and other Zoo staff, on the Zoo’s L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Care Center, which broke ground in late 2008. This state-of-the-art facility nearly doubles the amount of treatment, hospital and quarantine space at Hogle Zoo, and is slated for completion in 2009.
For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite at (801) 584-1729 or visit Hogle Zoo online at hoglezoo.org.
About the Association of Zoos and Aquariums:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 218 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.
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