M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Cincinnati
B.A. in Biology, University of Louisville
… is the Director of Education at the Cincinnati Zoo, where he manages the departments’ educational programs for the general public and schools. Dan received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Louisville and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. He spent a year in Japan on an academic scholarship, which sparked his interest in international travel. He has escorted trips for the zoo to Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands, in addition to traveling extensively on his own. Dan is a Professional Fellow with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is an education liaison to the Felid Taxon Advisory Group. He is also a member of the National Association for Interpretation and the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. Dan grew up near Louisville, Kentucky, where his parents allowed him the freedom to roam and develop his interest in wildlife and conservation.
As the Director of Education at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, a central theme of Dan’s work is to celebrate the successes we have seen in ensuring the survival of wildlife and wild places. In part, because we have accomplished so much over the past 120 years and because taking a positive outlook on the future is much more motivating than the pessimist’s path. One, often overlooked, success story is the South Western country of Namibia.