Event: Katie Govern


When – 

September 27, 2015
2:00 pm – Social Time
                                                                                          2:30 pm –  Meeting Begins and followed by presentation

Where –

East Shore Area Library

4501 Ethel Street  (downstairs)                                                                     Harrisburg, PA 17109

* Please do not bring birds through the main floor of library.  Use the downstairs entrance.



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.

The Thick-Billed Parrots are a favorite and every day I count myself blessed to work with such a unique and endangered animal. I have worked with the Thick-Billed Parrots for 11 years now and have overseen four clutches of parent-raised chicks. We work closely with the Thick-Billed Parrot Species Survival Plan to carry out their breeding recommendations to ensure the survival of the species. I currently live in Jonestown, PA with my husband and 1 year old daughter. We have two dogs, a Conure, a “herd” of Chinchillas and three Bearded Dragons.