… grew up catching fireflies, reading Ranger Rick and falling in love with the animals at the zoo. Dedicated to wildlife conservation, she believes that personal encounters with nature and wildlife create emotional connections that inspire people to make a positive difference. As the Manager of Interpretive Exhibits, Visitor Research, Conservation Communications and Fun for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Shasta develops and evaluates award-winning interpretive exhibits and programs that provide meaningful experiences and authentic opportunities to take action for the zoo’s 1.5 million annual visitors. She also produces content for the zoo’s website, blog and social media. As a lifelong learner, Shasta loves to travel and experience different wild places and cultures. She has participated in field conservation in Namibia and the Philippines, and has also facilitated Earth Expeditions graduate courses for educators in Kenya, Costa Rica, Belize and Namibia. In 2015, Shasta was selected as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and sailed to the Galapagos Islands on a Lindblad Expedition. Her most meaningful international experience to date was traveling to Ethiopia in 2009 to bring home her daughter. Shasta received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Zoology from Miami University with a focus on animal behavior and ecology.