About Us

Dr. Michael Briggs is the co-founder and CEO of APCRO, as well as the Principal Investigator for several of the conservation projects.  His zoo and wildlife career began in 1984 after his gradation from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After school he spent 20 years in the zoo world as both a staff and associate veterinarian at major U.S. zoos.  During this tenure he obtained his Master’s degree in Veterinary medicine with an emphasis on parasitology and theriogenology.  Since the beginning of his career, he has worked in the field in Africa including South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.  He had field experience with game capture as well as a myriad of research projects, many of which have focused on carnivores.  According to Dr. Briggs, “The conservation of the wild carnivores is the most important direction I could take with my life and career.  I intend to help improve the chances of these animals surviving long-term and to help any group with that common goal.”

Beth Briggs is the co-founder and Executive Administrator for APCRO.  After working in the zoo animal field since 1988 in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, California and Minnesota, Beth obtained her Certified Veterinary Technician certificate and is currently a licensed vet tech.  Unlike most CVT’s she has worked on lions about as much as she has dogs and cats from her small animal experience.  She has assisted Dr. Briggs for the last eight years with various conservation projects ranging from work with pinnipeds to the African carnivore work.  Her experience in the zoo community started by providing animal behavior modification to various zoo species.  She has taken a strong role in field research because she feels she can “make the greatest impact where the animals truly need the most help.”