Todd Schwenk

Todd Schwenk

 Conservation Officer – Fundraising Committee

Todd grew up in Michigan, spending most of his childhood in the woods and on the lake. This is where his love of nature began.

In 1998, while obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Zoology with a concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science from Michigan State University, he happily accepted an internship at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo.  After his internship, he became a keeper at Saginaw, then moved on shortly after to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. At Binder Park, he was introduced to African primates, carnivores, birds and hoof-stock as one of their primary keepers.  His experiences there allowed him to find focus with African mammals.

In 2003, he accepted a veterinary assistant/technician position at a renowned veterinary clinic in Marshall, MI. While learning anything and everything the vets would teach him, he also acquired ownership of a small pet cremation business.

In 2013, Todd left the veterinary clinic, sold the pet cremation service, and returned to the zoo business, working with Masai giraffes and eastern black rhinos at the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin. Eventually he became the zoo’s veterinary technician and a collection supervisor.

Still searching for a way to do more for the world’s rhinos, he was lucky enough to obtain a zookeeper position at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Working for a globally and strategically impactful organization, and with the support of his wife, Jennifer, he now aims to positively impact the fate of wild rhinos in any way possible.