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Colleen Lynch joins the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden as the new curator of birds.

Mar 14, 2013

Riverbanks Welcomes New Addition to the Senior Animal Staff Flock

Colleen Lynch Brings Over 20Years of Avian Expertise to the Zoo


[Columbia, SC] - Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is pleased to welcome Colleen Lynch, a 22-year veteran of the zoo profession, as its new curator of birds.

Lynch comes to Riverbanks from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo where she also served as curator of birds during her tenure there. In addition, Lynch held the position of population biologist for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's (AZA) Population Management Center at Lincoln Park.

"Colleen's diverse aviculture experience, combined with her passion for and expertise in population management are tremendous assets," said Ed Diebold, director of animal collections and conservation at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "We are delighted to have her join our management team."

Lynch is well-known in the zoo community as an active member of the AZA, serving on numerous committees and advisory groups within the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Illinois Benedictine College and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University.

Lynch officially began her role as Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's curator of birds in February.

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For nearly 40 years, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden has connected individuals, families and groups with the world's wildlife and wild places. It is the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $11.75 for adults,$9.25 for children ages 3 - 12 and free for children 2 and under.Group rates and other discounts may apply. Year-round membership packages are also available. For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717, visit www.riverbanks.org or www.facebook.com/riverbankszoo.


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