Event: Katie Govern


Katie Govern


I began working at ZooAmerica at age 15 in the food stand. I jumped at any chance to work inside ZooAmerica. I started to volunteer with the animals at age 18 and landed a part-time animal care job with ZooAmerica’s animals at age 19. I studied Biology and Professional Writing at York College of PA and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007.

Upon graduation, I received a full-time position as the Naturalist of the Great Southwest building at ZooAmerica. I am in charge of the animals in this area and work to create new exhibits, acquire or transfer out animals, animal care, enrichment and veterinary care of a variety of species. I work with Ocelots, Coatis, Black-Footed Ferrets, Roadrunners, Vampire Bats, a variety of venomous Snakes and Lizards and more. I have hand-raised Roadrunners and Burrowing Owls.