Dan Beetem

Dan Beetem
Dan Beetem
Director of Animal Management, The Wilds
The Wilds, 14000 International Road, Cumberland, OH 43732
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BS Zoology, Michigan State University (1984)

Dan is the Director of Animal Management for The Wilds, a conservation breeding and research center created on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface mine land in southeastern Ohio. Scientific programs at The Wilds cover a range of disciplines, including restoration ecology, veterinary and conservation medicine, field ecology and animal management. His background in conservation includes over 30 years’ experience managing wild species in human care. He has worked at a variety of zoological institutions across the country and he is familiar with the operation of traditional urban zoos and larger scale breeding centers and safari parks. He serves on several national level committees for the Taxon Advisory Groups that manage ungulate conservation programs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He also works with the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) for population sustainability projects like the cheetah breeding center initiative and large herd management. His research interest is focused on the use assisted reproductive technology as a tool for the management of conservation breeding programs.