Coordinator, African Wild Dog Species Survival Plan
Curator of Mammals, Sedgwick County Zoo
Mike Quick is the regional coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP®) for African wild dogs. The SSP Coordinator works with zoological facilities in North America and the AZA Conservation Department, as well as any associated governmental agencies, to develop, oversee, promote, and support the cooperative animal management, conservation, and research initiatives of the African Wild Dog SSP Program. The primary responsibility of the SSP Coordinator is to regularly complete and distribute an SSP Breeding and Transfer Plan for the managed population. Mike has been a member of AZA for over 25 years participating in the accreditation process as well as serving on steering committees for Wild Canid/Hyena, Elephants and Pigs, Peccary and Hippo Taxon Advisory Groups.
Mike has been the Curator of Mammals at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas, for the last 16 years. He oversees the management of a mammal collection comprised of 391 specimens from 75 species. He started his zoo career at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas after graduating with a degree in Wildlife Management from Kansas State University. Throughout his zoological career he has participated in consultation with wildlife conservation NGOs and governmental agencies to develop and assist with formal research and conservation projects directed at wildlife and habitat conservation.