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Russell Pharr


Russell Pharr

Professional Development Co-Chair

Russell has been involved in the zoo world since 2004, when he began as a Zoo Corps high school volunteer at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  He went on to hold a variety of seasonal positions at Woodland Park, and completed a summer internship at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2012, Russell was hired at the Dallas Zoo.  He spent six years in Dallas, working first with African hoofstock and birds and then with African elephants.

In 2018, Russell joined the team at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as a Staff Biologist and currently works in the Elephant Barn. He is excited to join the Chapter as Vice President, having previously held that role, as well as serving as President and Liaison, for the Dallas Chapter of AAZK.  He is passionate about how AAZK gives keepers an opportunity to personally support conservation efforts as well as better the lives of the animals in their care through professional development and education. Remove Vice President info and add more about Board Position.

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