Our Stories

Hear from some of the dedicated staff working at the Zoo and the Zoo Society.

Our talented staff is dedicated to the well being of animals at the Zoo and around the world.

Hear from some of the dedicated staff working at the Zoo and the Zoo Society.

Our talented staff is dedicated to the well being of animals at the Zoo and around the world.

Larry Sorel, Zoo Director

I can’t remember ever not wanting to work in a zoo. My initial career path would have taken me to vet school, but as my options were extremely limited at that time in Massachusetts, I elected to pursue a path that involved population and evolutionary biology. I had the great opportunity to start my professional career at the Los Angeles Zoo, where I was given the challenge of designing a reverse light exhibit for the first koalas to be imported from Australia since the 1930s. That started me on a path through Illinois, Indiana and Georgia, all the way to here at Seneca Park Zoo, where I’ve been since 1997. Having visited more than 100 zoos, I am particularly excited about the prospects of our future growth.

Pamela Reed Sanchez, Seneca Park Zoo Society Executive Director

I do what I do because I believe zoos have the power to inspire people to act on behalf of species survival. I don’t want my daughter’s generation to be the last to be able to see African elephants, Bornean orangutans, Amur tigers, or North American river otters in their natural range. Our visitors’ experiences of connecting with animals at the Zoo and learning about conservation efforts can have a powerful impact on individual action.  Whether regionally or globally, we (and that includes you) are making a difference. To know every day that the work we do is accomplishing something so much bigger than we are is powerful and humbling. It’s a whole lot of fun, too.

Tom Snyder, Director of Programming and Conservation Action

I work at Seneca Park Zoo because I believe in the work we do. The Zoo is a local and international community asset that works on behalf of the world’s biodiversity, and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to help guide us on a path of conservation leadership. My coworkers are dedicated, hardworking and like-minded in our conservation goals, making us an even more impactful organization.

Tina Fess, Zoologist

I grew up with animals around me. We had cats, dogs, horses and the occasional pig, cow or rabbit. I didn’t see zoo keeping as a career choice until my senior year of college. That’s when an internship at the Minnesota Zoo cemented my career. I have cared for most of the animal species at the Zoo and enjoy working around the individual animals, attending to their needs at all stages of life. As a zoologist, I order produce for the whole zoo and serve as coordinator for animal care interns and volunteers. I really enjoy working with students who are exploring zoo keeping as a career. I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Interested in Volunteering?

Whether you are interested in participating as an individual or as a group, becoming a docent, an event volunteer or anything in between, the Zoo needs the help of people like you.

Interested in Volunteering?

Whether you are interested in participating as an individual or as a group, becoming a docent, an event volunteer or anything in between, the Zoo needs the help of people like you.