OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION TO LEADERSHIP TEAM
September 14, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Tyler Boyd, curator of carnivores and hoofstock, to its leadership team. Among other species, Boyd will oversee the Zoo’s tiger, bear, lion, giraffe and zebra animal groups. He will also manage day-to-day operations, as well as support the Zoo’s field conservation efforts and operational conservation practices related to those species.
Prior to the OKC Zoo, Boyd served as area supervisor for small mammals at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. There, he managed staff and volunteers while overseeing training and enrichment programs in coordination with the behavior management team. Prior to Blank Park Zoo, Boyd was an animal health keeper at Kansas City Zoo, working at the facility’s health center to provide care for quarantined and hospitalized animals. He also has experience in a variety of animal care positions at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, South Carolina Aquarium and Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo.
“Having previously worked with Tyler at Blank Park Zoo, I know from first-hand experience that the Zoo is fortunate to have someone so dedicated, knowledgeable and hard-working on-board,” said Kevin Drees, OKC Zoo director of animal collections. “The animals in the carnivore and hoofstock areas are critically important to both our conservation and educational mission, as well as being guest favorites and I’m confident Tyler will continue our tradition of excellence.”
Boyd, originally from central Iowa, graduated with a degree in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida in 2009. The program, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, provides an opportunity for students to learn hands-on about animal care. Boyd wants to continue making the Zoo a place that Oklahomans can take pride in. He, alongside wife Kristine, and four-year-old son, Graham, reside in Oklahoma City.
Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.