Kate has been a receptionist with VEC for about a year and a half. She loves working with us and we are lucky to have her! Kate also spent many years as a Relief Zookeeper with the Buffalo Zoo. There she worked in the Children’s Zoo, with Small Mammals, Primates, Gorillas, and Large Cats. Kate was fortunate enough to be on the team to raise the first baby Gorilla with our local Zoo. Years later she went on to work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She started on the Savannah team with the white rhino and other hoofstock, lions, and hyenas. Kate’s love of birds lead her to transfer to the Tree of Life team. Here she was able to work and train diverse stork species, as well as, Asian Small Clawed Otters, Kangaroos, and Cotton-Top Tamarins. Strong family bonds have brought Kate back to beautiful WNY. Here she enjoys birding, hiking and spending as much time as possible with family on Lake Ontario. She has 3 fun and crazy cats: Reilly, Gingersnap, and Aladdin. Kate also has 5 very busy parakeets.