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My name is Deb and I am a passionate biologist committed to advocating for animals in care by promoting the best husbandry practices. My hope is to empower others to do the same.
I have twenty+ years of professional husbandry experience both in the private sector and within professional organizations such as AZA. Currently, I am responsible for co-managing the care of multi-taxa exhibits which include amphibians, fish, reptiles, mammals, inverts and birds and lead a large team of animal care professionals. My professional focus has been on small mammal (specifically two-toed sloths) and avian husbandry as well as innovative approaches to animal behavior.
In addition to my full-time job as a curator, I own and operate the Educated Zookeeper, LLC. Under EdZoo, I lead workshops, provide review & oversight for new builds or reimaging existing habitats, provide interim husbandry support and develop collection plans. Common problems addressed through consultative services include moving animals to/from exhibit easily, removing ill animals, the inability to retrieve offspring, and interpreting social behavior to prevent premature deaths. Consultative services may also include reproduction, training, recall behavior planning and collection planning.
We had the best experience with our in person Sloth School workshop! Deb had so much amazing information to share and was very responsive to all of our questions. The hands on part was very helpful in case of emergencies. I felt that the workshop was well suited for any sloth caretaker who wants to do the very best for their animals! Would highly recommend this engaging course! Deb has become a resource that has already proven time and time again to be amazing!
I attended a seminar by Deb Dial on husbandry of two toed sloths and acquired invaluable information on sloth handling and infant care. The knowledge and skills I have learned through this seminar have been exceptionally useful in my work and shared with colleagues. Her guidance regarding emergency handling procedure is extremely memorable and practical, and has allowed me to ensure the safety of animal keepers and animals during critical situations. I am grateful for Deb Dial’s unique and valuable insight on sloth management, and I highly recommend her expertise for all who may be interested.