Growing up on Long Island, NY, David has always had a passion for wildlife conservation and being outdoors.
This passion led him to acquire a degree in Conservation Biology, focusing on big cat behavior in Africa, amphibian conservation in New York, Sustainable Ecotourism in Costa Rica, and education in Native American communities. Soon after he found himself an intern at Turpentine Creek and completely fell in love with the people, the animals, and the mission.
David continued to volunteer at Turpentine Creek while earning a Master’s in Zoo, Aquarium, and Animal Shelter Management. He taught Animal Biology and Digital Marketing at Colorado State University, and in Spring 2017, presented “Big Cat: Available in Backyards Nationwide” at TEDxCSU to share the mission of the refuge with the world.
In his “spare” time, David enjoys endurance athletics, reading, camping, hiking, and spending time with his dogs.