Inspector of the Year: Animal Management and Husbandry

Jack Jewell, General Curator, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Jack Jewell is General Curator for Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.  He oversees the department of Animal Husbandry, which facilitates the care of more than 2,000 animals ranging from sharks and piranhas to crocodilians, sea turtles and Komodo dragons. Jack is responsible for providing a healthy and nurturing environment in the 14 major exhibits that house the aquarium’s aquatic residents.  Prior to joining Shark Reef Aquarium, Jack served as Aquarium Supervisor for MGM Resorts International. In that role, he oversaw marine animal care and filtration operations at The Mirage and Bellagio in Las Vegas, as well as Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Jack’s extensive marine background includes over 20 years of animal care, breeding, transportation, and training.  He has served the aquarium community in roles at multiple facilities, including Six Flags’ Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Jack has served as an AZA accreditation inspector since 2005, and is the current Vice Program Leader of the Zebra Shark SSP.  He is also a member of the Association of Dive Program Administrators (ADPA), the Aquarium Affairs Committee, and the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC).


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