My Story: Dr. Jeff Wyatt

“My Zoo is setting examples that other zoos are watching.”

Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Internationally renowned veterinarian, Director of Animal Health and Conservation, Seneca Park Zoo since 1982

I’m often asked why I’ve stayed in Rochester at the Seneca Park Zoo for my entire career. I think the biggest reason is that I love the opportunity our Zoo offers our animals and our community to make a difference for animals in the wild.

I play a role here in medicine, in science, and in building conservation strategies, both local and global. Not all zoos focus the way we do on saving animals from extinction. We’re setting an example that other zoos are watching.

I’m in a privileged special place. We have an environment of staff and animals and a community that sees a more positive relationship with wildlife through an experience at the Zoo.

For me, whether I’m in the Genesee River with lake sturgeon or in Borneo with orangutans, I think about the animals that inspire me here on zoo grounds, and I carry this Zoo with me wherever I am. It’s become my hope and inspiration. My Zoo.

Not all zoos focus the way we do on saving animals from extinction. We’re setting an example that other zoos are watching.

With his experience, expertise, and charisma, Jeff Wyatt could work anywhere in the world pursuing his passion.

But he chooses to stay here, at Seneca Park Zoo, where he can see his work making meaningful differences at the Zoo, in our region, and internationally.

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