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Dan Malone

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Dan received his BS degree from MSU, zoology major.   It took a while to finally utilize his degree though.  Dan worked as a manager in a restaurant for 25 before he landing his zookeeper job at John Ball Zoo.  Dan's responsibilities as a Animal Care Supervisor include supervising, interviewing and hiring the zookeepers.  He has had a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians, primarily snakes.  He's been involved with the care and breeding of a number of snake species for over 30 years.  


Posts by Dan Malone

SMALL (but not unnoticed) PROJECTS!

Our Staff Participates in Some Important (but unnoticed) Projects!


The keeper staff at John Ball Zoo work very hard day in and day out to insure the animals and exhibits at the zoo are well cared for. Most visitors are not aware that some very important work also is occurring behind the scenes, out of the public view. 


In Search Of…. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake?


Many people in Michigan are surprised to hear that we do have one (and only one) venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga. They might be more surprised and concerned to hear how the populations of these snakes are rapidly declining, not just in Michigan, but throughout their range. In Michigan the snake is listed by the DNR as a species “of special concern”. This means we know they are in trouble; we are just not yet certain how serious the problem is. Other states within the range of the Massasauga all list them as endangered or threatened. If something isn’t done, these really special animals may soon disappear all together.