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"Brevard Zoo's Role in Florida Scrub-jay Conservation"
As the newest member to the conservation department at Brevard Zoo, Jonny is eager to spread his passion for wildlife. Although new to the department, he has been a member of Brevard Zoo's conservation team for the past 5 years during which he was employed as the lead animal keeper in the Wild Florida section. Jonny also co-stars in The Rob and Jonny Show produced by Brevard Zoo through which he and Rob hope to spread their love for conservation to all types of audiences. He is also the treasurer for the Brevard chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers which is dedicated to zookeeper professional growth, enhancing animal care, promoting public awareness, and contributing to conservation.
Not only does the Brevard Zoo contribute to conservation of Florida’s only endemic bird species they also assist in outreach and education. They lead a team to translocate families of Florida Scrub-jays. Translocations are a tool used by biologists to benefit this species in many ways, and Brevard Zoo has perfected their technique. He will touch on previous translocations as well as the one carried out this past January.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all general meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall at the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, 921 Rockledge Drive (on the corner of Orange Ave) Rockledge, FL.
photo credit: Scarlet Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill at Brevard Zoo by Dee Fairbanks Simpson