Mike Keele is one of the leading Asian elephant experts in North America. He works with the American Zoological Association’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program for Asian elephants. The mission of the 300 SSP Programs is to coordinate breeding efforts and track reproductive status of threatened or endangered species populations among AZA accredited zoos, certified related facilities and Approved Non-Member Participants across the country. Many of these are species that urgently need conservation and protection in the wild.
Mike has played a key role in the Elephant Planning Initiative, which established AZA standards for elephant management and care. Internationally, he is a member of the World Conservation Union’s Asian Elephants Specialist Group. Mike began his career as an elephant keeper at the Oregon Zoo in 1971 and now oversees the exciting four-fold expansion of the elephant habitat at the zoo, and directs the development of 200 plus acres of new elephant habitat.
Director of Elephant Habitats, Oregon Zoo
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