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I have worked with exotic animals in one form or another since 1985. I have worked as a zoo keeper/manager in zoos and aquariums in three different countries. I have also been involved in fieldwork with animals around the world, primarily with endangered species, because I understand the need to protect our most sensitive species before it is too late. I currently live in New Zealand, where I am focusing my energies on native endangered species, primarily birds. Lately, I have been spending the bulk of my time working with kokako (Callaeas wilsoni), helping with censuses and translocations. In between fieldwork I can be found making some money on the side running a business with board games and tabletop role-playing games. In the end, it always comes back to the animals though; many of my games have a very strong animal/biology theme to them.  If you are interested in the sort of work I have done in the past or are currently involved in, check out my blog where I will post thoughts about these sorts of things and more. I hope you enjoy the website!

Mist-netting is an excellent way to catch wild birds. They do not see the net (in theory) and bounce into it and are gently cupped in the folds of it so that field biologists can remove them and do what is required. Sometimes that means banding/ringing birds for identification, sometimes it also involves moving the birds to a new area, and it always means taking measurements so our understanding of the populations and species improve.
Removing a black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia) from a mist net in Colorado
A great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) in New Zealand
A great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) in New Zealand
Putting radio collars on animals allows field biologists to track their movements, learning more about the species and aiding in efforts to help protect them.
Putting a radio collar on a white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) in the Serengeti