Meet our Pack

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Brian Chrysler
Director of Education and Operations

I am… the son of compassionate parents and brother of a sister surviving the great floods of Houston. I am a huge football fanatic and an even bigger hockey enthusiast. You may find me at a local trivia night on any given night. I played collegiate Ultimate Frisbee and continue to play sports or games whenever I find the time to. Making people feel safe and included has always been of the utmost importance to me.

Hi, I’m Brian

 

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Brian moved to St. Louis in 2014.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  While enrolled, he volunteered at the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He also worked on a research project under the direction of Dr. Ryan Dilger, working with learning and memory in neonatal piglets.  Furthermore, he served as a teaching assistant for a course entitled Current Issues in Animal Science.

Aside from academic life, Brian has a plethora of animal experience from a number of institutions.  He first interned and then worked at Niabi Zoo as an animal keeper.  He studied and researched multispecies enclosures at Brookfield Zoo, looking at the interactions between Asian small-clawed otters and white-cheeked gibbons sharing a single habitat.  Upon his move to St. Louis, he worked as an animal interpreter at the Saint Louis Zoo giving animal talks, guiding tours, and working special events.  He then worked as an animal care technician and supervisor at the Washington University School of Medicine for several years before returning to the Saint Louis Zoo as a lead educator, running overnight programs and serving as associate camp director of Camp KangaZoo.

Brian came to the Endangered Wolf Center in October of 2017 and managed special events and the volunteer program as the Special Programs Coordinator until he was promoted to Director of Education and Operations.


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