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Welcome to the study of Zoos and Conservation Biology!


Joyce Kaplan
Faculty Department Chair

Biology and Management of Zoo Animals AAS Degree

(NEW program - Fall 2012)

Joyce Kaplan and beluga whale in Sea World pool

Partnering with:

  • Oregon Zoo

  • Oregon National Primate Research Center



For information on prerequisites, coursework, admissions, and information sessions please review the **new**

Department Website


**Looking for a local site to begin your basic volunteer animal husbandry experience in order to qualify to apply for BAMZA?  Try these!**

Oregon Humane Society(as a volunteer for "in shelter care of animals"):

Bonnie Hayes Shelter (as a "direct animal care" volunteer):

Audubon Society of Portland ("Wildlife Care Center" volunteer:  note that volunteer training is required, which is only offered a couple of times per year. Following this you may have to do other work before WCC shifts are available)

Pride Equine Rescue in Gaston may accept help, no website so would have to contact them directly by phone.
41500 SW Vandehey Road
Gaston, OR 97119
(971) 998-2271
Pride is a non-profit horse rescue based in Gaston Oregon. We rescue any abused, neglected, and unwanted horses who need our help. We run solely on the kindness of horse lovers, volunteers, and public donations

Joyce Kaplan holding African Crested porcupine pup
Rock Creek Campus
Building 7, Room 202
(971) 722-7688


Considering whether a zoo career is for you?  It is truly a labor of love... check out these stories from current zoo professionals and see if they strike a chord:

You may also wish to get an idea of the jobs currently available at AZA accredited zoos:




My Courses...

Select course titles to view course details in the PCC Schedule.
(These links open a page outside this instructor's site in a new window.)
  Winter 2017 Course No.   Course Title Section
    BI 122 Intro Human Anat/Phys II 12056

  Spring 2017 Course No.   Course Title Section
    BMZA 260 Exhibit Design 23501
    BMZA 280B Co-op Ed: Zoological Specialty 23509

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