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Ken Reininger

General Curator

Ken Reininger was named General Curator for North Carolina Zoo in October 2008. As head of the Animal Division, he oversees the Zoo division in charge of animal care, acquisition and exhibit.

Ken Reininger served as Curator of Birds from 1993 to 2008. He has a bachelor of science degree in multiple sciences and did graduate work in forest biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry . He has been in the zoo profession since 1975, starting as a zookeeper. He previously held the position of Curator of Birds/Reptiles/Amphibians/Fishes and Invertebrates for 10 years at the Burnet Park Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

Ken has served for many years on the steering committees for several avian focused conservation and science programs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). These include Gruiformes, Anseriformes, Ciconiiformes, Ratites and Passeriformes. He has served in a similar capacity for AZA sponsored Species Survival Plans for the Bali Mynah, Wattled Crane, White-winged Wood Duck and Kori Bustard. He has also served on the AZA's Animal Welfare Committee, Conservation Endowment Fund grant selection committee and Wildlife Conservation Management Committee.

Ken's professional and research interests include zoo collections sustainability, survival rate comparisons of wild and captive birds, fungal spore loads in aviary air, seabird nutrition and evaluation of well being in captive animals.

To contact Ken Reininger :

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 1.800.488.0444 or 336-879-7610

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North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, North Carolina