Chris DeAngelo, Curator of Marine Mammals and Registrar

Areas of expertise: Management and training of exhibit marine mammals, and rescue and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals, especially the California sea otter

Chris DeAngelo is responsible for managing all aspects of the exhibit sea otter program at the aquarium, including feeding/training sessions, behavioral enrichment, medical procedures, facility maintenance, exhibit maintenance, recordkeeping, staffing decisions and development. Chris works with staff in other departments to meet program needs that involve the Sea Otter exhibit.

As needed, Chris helps conduct animal transports to meet the needs of the aquarium’s exhibit sea otter program as well as its behind-the-scenes rescue, rehabilitation and research program for wild California sea otters.

Chris has extensive experience in the exhibit management of a variety of species of cetaceans and pinnipeds. She has managed all aspects of marine mammal husbandry, including introductions, acclimations and breeding programs.

She is knowledgeable about zoo and aquarium animal care standards, exhibit design and renovations, life support systems and live animal programs.

Chris is a professional member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Marine Biology.

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