Dan offers food to Frances the badger during a morning feeding. Frances is one of the many animals featured in the Zoo's Oklahoma Trails exhibit.
Name: Dan Woolf
Title: Animal Area Technician, Antelopes
Tenure at the OKC Zoo: 3.5 years
Residence: Oklahoma City
1.What are your primary responsibilities at the Zoo?
I work in the Antelope and Oklahoma Trails area taking care of a wide variety of different animals including hoof stock, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and spiders.
2. When did you know you wanted to be a zoo keeper?
I think I knew for sure that I wanted to work in this field while I was participating in the Zoo’s Junior Curator (JC) program at about the age of thirteen.
3. What do you love the most about your job?
I love that one day is rarely the same as the next because of the animals I work with.
4. Pick an animal in your area and tell us a fascinating or little-known fact about that animal.
Prairie dogs are highly social animals that will use what looks like a kiss as a means of greeting and identifying each other.
5. What is your favorite zoo memory from when you were young?
I always loved going to the Island Life exhibit when I was a kid and trying to lift the Galapagos tortoise shell that was hanging next to the tortoise exhibit.
I grew up in Oklahoma City and received my general Associates degree from OSU-OKC in 2007. In high school I started volunteering at the Zoo through the Junior Curator (JC)program, which offers kids age 14 to 18 an opportunity to volunteer at the Zoo. As a JC I worked in the giraffe, bird and herpetarium areas and it was that experience that drew me to being a Zoo keeper. After high school I worked as an adult volunteer in Great EscApe before taking a part-time position in the antelope department, and now I work there full time.