We get wild this week with the President of the Indianapolis Zoo and self-proclaimed Biophiliac, Dr. Rob Shumaker.

Dr. Rob knew what he wanted to be when he grew up early in his childhood because he enjoyed visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Great Ape exhibit. After graduating from college, his life came full circle when he began working at the Smithsonian National Zoo with the apes he used to watch as a kid. He attributes much of his success to the non-judgemental support of his family to follow his dreams.

“We’re doing it because we care about the future. The future of our planet, the future of our biodiversity, and the future of our animals.” – Dr. Rob Shumaker

After 20 years at the National Zoo, Dr. Rob moved to Iowa to work at the Great Ape Trust and, ultimately, Indianapolis to be the President of the Indianapolis Zoo. Although he loves all of the Great Apes, Rob’s favorite is the Orangutan. He shares with us many entertaining facts about the species, some from the books he has written.

Tune in to learn about the purpose of zoos, about the internationally respected Indianapolis Prize, and about how you can make a difference with conservation efforts. Drink deep of the culture that surrounds you with Dr. Rob Shumaker from the Indianapolis Zoo.

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Hayley Brown

Hayley Brown

Co-host & Chief Marketing Wizard, Drink Culture Podcast

Hayley is a Co-host and the Chief Marketing Wizard for the Drink Culture Podcast. She’s currently obsessed with the Bottleworks project on Mass Ave, asking questions worth answering, and snuggling with her Holland Lop bunny, Bella.