General Curator Emeritus
Mike started his long career in the zoo profession as a summer zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo in 1967. Learning his craft, his journey continued when he joined the Mesker Park Zoo in 1971 as a zoologist. He became General Curator at the zoo and at one point was interim director.
In 1979 at the urging of San Francisco zoo director Saul Kitchener he accepted the position of zoologist. When he retired as General Curator in 2011 his career had spanned 44 years. Mike’s expertise in federal regulations dealing with animal imports and exports helped to bring in new blood lines for various American Zoo Association Species Survival Programs.