Nat Geo: The Life of a Zoo Herpetologist

May 11, 2013
On the Web
by Cindy Steinle

On the Web - It is wonderful to see one of our own recognized for their amazing contributions to the reptile community.   From National Geographic:

Herpetologists in a zoo setting often work with a diversity of reptiles and amphibians from fairly innocuous tree frogs to gaboon vipers. I reached out to my colleague, Albuquerque Biological Park’s Curator of Herpetology Doug Hotle, to find out what it is like to work with an eclectic collection of native New Mexico and exotic herpetiles. Doug has worked in a variety of husbandry and administrative capacities as a zoo professional at several AZA institutions over his 30 year career. He has also curated live collections at an academic institution—a serpentarium holding over 500 venemous snakes. Doug has also conducted quite a bit of field work as a professional herpetologist and has published work in both the popular and peer-reviewed literature.

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