Matthew joined our team in October 2016. His experience with animals varies from working with horses and wildlife as an interpretative horseback guide and stagecoach driver in Yellowstone National Park, to an Avian and Terrestrial Reptile Zookeeper as well as an Education Specialist at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. In 2014 he received his associate's degree in liberal arts from Des Moines Area Community College, as well as a certificate in video production. He plans on attending Iowa State University this fall (2017), to earn his undergraduate degree in animal ecology with hopes of continuing on to the College of Veterinary Medicine to become a wildlife vet. In his free time, Matthew enjoys woodworking and photography. His favorite hobby is traveling; Scotland is his favorite place to vacation, and Hawaii was his most recent adventure. He lives in Ankeny with his hedgehog "Sully" and two Madagascar day geckos "O" and "P".