Sheri L. Horiszny has been named deputy director of Living Collections at the Oregon Zoo which includes duties such as overseeing the zoo’s animal care, animal health conservation and research, and horticulture staff.
“I am honored and excited to join the Oregon Zoo team,” Horiszny said in a release. “The zoo is already doing important work in animal welfare and conservation, and by working together I believe this group of dedicated and passionate people can make a lasting difference for individuals, species, ecosystems and the planet.”
Horiszny was first director of animal programs and conservation at Safari West in Santa Rosa, California, and was then hired at the Santa Barbara Zoo in 2006 where she became an assistant director of animal care in January of 2009.
As the AZA Species Survival Plan coordinator for giraffes and serving on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee Horiszny has gained national recognition.
Along with her long history of working with zoos and other organizations, Horiszny has also founded three conservation initiatives for giraffes including Care for Maramoja, Jeans for Giraffes and Giraffe Conservation Alliance.
Horiszny will begin her work as deputy director of Living Collections at the Oregon Zoo later this summer.
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