David’s passion for wildlife and desire to educate and inspire conservation worldwide is what lead him to establish Conservation Ambassadors over 20 years ago. His passion started in high school with jobs in animal care and training with dogs and parrots. This inspired an early career in veterinarian medicine. As a registered veterinarian nurse David worked in the zoological medicine department at UC Davis Veterinary teaching hospital where his interest in zoo animals developed. Later David also graduated from Moorpark College with a degree in Exotic Animal training and management and is proud to be an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) certified zoological manager. David often travels to places like Africa and Asia to help with insitu conservation projects. Throughout his career David has received numerous awards for animal welfare, training, and conservation education. David will say his greatest accomplishment are his 2 amazing children Samantha and Christopher who have the same love of animals and passion for conservation as David.
Lanie has been entertaining and educating audiences with furry, feathery, and scaly Animal Ambassadors from Wildlife on Wheels for the last decade. She is a professional animal handler, trainer, and wildlife educator. As a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College she has degrees in animal training, animal behavior, and wildlife education. Lanie has also studied Environmental Biology at California State University Northridge. Through her comedy and interactions with animals Lanie leaves audiences entertained, inspired and empowered to preserve the WILD!
Curator, Office Manager
Katelyn, known to friends as KC, started her career with Zoo To You through an internship, and proved too valuable to be let go! She hasl graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation from Cal Poly, and is excited to continue to lead the wonderful team of zookeepers at Zoo To You, as well as maintain her current position as Rehabilitation Supervisor at Pacific Wildlife Care, a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. Learning to horseback ride at the age of 5, KC has been inspired by animals her entire life, and wants nothing more than to learn to save and preserve the wonderful creatures around us. In her free time, KC enjoys gardening, painting and making her own jewelry, as well as riding her own horse around zoo property!
Over a decade ago Jana’s first experience with Zoo to You was as an audience member at her elementary school right here on the Central Coast. Since then, her desire to work with animals has taken her all the way to Washington where she participated in an internship at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Most recently she graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Animal Science and is now thrilled to be working with Zoo to You. When she’s not working Jana is out exploring the outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, and catching glimpses of bears and bobcats in the wild!