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Bryan Chrysler

Brian Chrysler
Director of Education and Operations

I am… the son of compassionate parents and brother of a resilient sister who survived the great floods of Houston. I’m a trivia night regular, a football fan, a hockey nut and still throw a mean Frisbee from my competitive college days. Yet making people feel safe and included is every bit as much of who I am.

Hi, I’m Brian

Brian Chrysler came to the Endangered Wolf Center in October of 2017 to help manage our special events and volunteer program as our Special Programs Coordinator. It wasn’t long before he was promoted to Director of Education and Operations, a role he took on with purpose and passion.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Brian moved to St. Louis in 2014, bringing with him 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 immersed himself in his studies, including studying learning and memory in neonatal piglets and serving as a teaching assistant in Animal Science.

But Brian’s passion for animals extended far outside the classroom. His first experience as an animal keeper came at Illinois’ Niabi Zoo. He also studied and researched multispecies enclosures at the AZA accredited Brookfield Zoo, looking at the interactions between Asian small-clawed otters and white-cheeked gibbons sharing a single habitat.

After moving to St. Louis, Brian 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.

With a mind for science and a heart for wildlife, his passion and knowledge are things he’s excited to share.