“I’m In Charge Of Wild Encounters At The Zoo”

November 06, 2020 by Dan Green

Meet Maura Messerly, Manager of Wild Encounters and Fun! at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Maura shares her story of how she came to work at a zoo, getting started in the business, what it’s like to work in a zoo.

Maura Messerly: Fun At The Zoo

This is the story of Maura Messerly and her role at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maura is the zoo’s Manager of Wild Encounters and Fun!.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is country’s second-oldest zoo. It opened in 1875 and consistently ranks among the nation’s best zoos. It’s home to the oldest reptile house and sits on 75 acres in the center of the city.

The zoo is home to nearly 2,000 animals from more than five hundred species; and, it hosts more than 1.2 million visitors each year. It’s Maura’s job to bring the zoo’s visitors face-to-face with its residents.

As Manager of Wild Encounters & Fun, Maura oversees the zoo’s meet-and-greets, leading a large team as they do Flamingo Walks, Sloth Encounters, and others hands-on activities with guests at the zoo.

Reflecting on her role: “It’s touching people’s lives, who could be people who change the world. The animals are fantastic. They are icing on the cake. But, getting to impact people’s lives is so fulfilling.”

Watch the entire interview with Maura Messerly, Manager of Wild Encounters and Fun! at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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