John Seyjagat

John SeyjagatAs Curator of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, my daily tasks include managing the exhibit staff and making sure all of our animals are healthy and happy! It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it to come to the Aquarium every day and work with the amazing and rare animals throughout the exhibit. Outside of work, my hobbies include nature photography, fly fishing, and bush walking.

Background

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a zookeeper — or maybe a recon soldier!

What did you study in school?
Business Management and Zoo Management.

How did you get started in your field of work?
I have had my own animal collection since I was 12. One day the Director of the Zoo in Trinidad had an anteater and did not know how to take care of it. He came to my house to give it to me. After seeing my animal collection, he offered me a daily paid job at the zoo.

At the Aquarium

How long have you been at the Aquarium?
10 years.

I love what I do because...
My job is what fuels my passion and gives me the satisfaction of contributing to society, the environment, and the world.

Most memorable moment at the Aquarium
The most exciting moment for me was receiving the first shipment of animals from Australia.

Fun Facts

Hometown: Cockeysville, Maryland and Gainesville, Florida

Favorite Animal:
Anteaters - they are just too cute, very unique with little known about them, and they look like an animal made out of spare parts!

If I could be anywhere in the world right now…
I'd be in South East Asia. I’d love to experience an intriguing and unique culture, as well as strange plants and animals. As a bonus I love the food!

One lesson you wish you'd learned earlier in life?
When dealing with wild animals you must have lots and lots of patience, as animals will always do what animals do, and you have to plan for it.

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Australia: Wild Extremes

National Aquarium –Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

Get close to 1,800 individual native animals, including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, free-flying birds, snakes, lizards and flying foxes.

 

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