Director of Animal Care and Conservation
I am…a mother of an amazing daughter and son and another “child” trapped in a cat’s body. I am a huge soccer fan. A Trivial Pursuit fanatic. I’m a lover of literature, a reader of poetry and the wife of a poet who is the love of my life. I work tirelessly to help script a happy ending to the stories of endangered wolves and other species struggling to survive in the wild. Their stories and mine will be woven together for the rest of my life.
Hi, I’m Regina
Regina Mossotti began her work at the Endangered Wolf Center after college as a wolf keeper, a role that helped her develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the animals in her care.
Regina left the EWC to pursue a Master’s of Science in Zoology researching cheetah mating behavior, after which she worked as a biologist researching wolf behavior in the wild as part of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
Like many people drawn to careers in wildlife conservation, Regina has had a love of animals since childhood – a passion she followed around the world. Her love of and curiosity about nature led her to do research in places like Belize, Chile, Alaska and Kenya, where she lived and worked studying human’s impact on wildlife.
An opportunity to work with the University of California, Santa Cruz drew her further west, catching and collaring mountain lions and researching their territorial and predator-prey behavior. Regina left the project to work on her PhD at Oregon State University, until the song of the wolves called her back to the Endangered Wolf Center in 2011. “This place is home, the staff and volunteers are like family. And seeing first-hand how important these animals are to the health of the ecosystem, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” Returning to her dream job at the EWC as Director of Animal Care and Conservation marked the beginning of a new and fulfilling chapter in her life.
Regina currently sits on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) Management Teams for the red wolf, Mexican wolf and African painted dog. SSPs help save critically endangered species through research, education, conservation and husbandry. Regina is also a member of the AZA Annual Conference Program Committee.