The Zoo That Comes to You
Danny Mendez Founder of ZOO JERSEY & Educator.
THE ZOO JERSEY TRIBE
Kaitlin may be our youngest educator, but she’s no fledgling!
A professional pet shop technician, specializing in both domestic and exotic pets, Kaitlin has spent the last year honing her skills as a wildlife educator, appearing before both adult and junior crowds all over the tri-state area.
Kaitlin is an incredibly dedicated and empathetic presenter, who cares as much about the people she meets as she does the animals. At home, Kaitlin is mother to a whole menagerie of animals, from her rescued lizards, such as her chameleons, tegus and bearded dragons, all the way to her hyper family of bouncy ferrets – many of which are rescues from cases of neglect.
When she’s not entertaining and educating the masses about animals, she spends her time working at various New Jersey pet stores, passing on her incredible knowledge and dedication to raising the standards of pet care.
“Though she be but little – she is fierce!”
Kaitlin is easy to identify by her crown of blonde hair, battle scars from wrangling unruly lizards and incredible work ethic!
Kaitlin Piazza ZOO JERSEY Educator (Tri State Area).
Andrew Vizzacchero ZOO JERSEY Educator (Tri State Area).
A zoological specialist with over two decades worth of experience, Danny is the founder of ZOO JERSEY.
After years of working as a zookeeper at The Bronx Zoo, and an extremely successful ten years as curator of the living collection at The Liberty Science Center, Danny embarked on a new adventure by founding an award winning, conservation based radio show, as well as laying the foundations for Zoo Jersey.
With three, human ‘cubs’ of his own, Danny knows exactly how to entertain and engage with children of all ages, and his infectious energy has earned him guest spots as both an animal specialist and personality on a vast variety of television shows, with guest spots on shows ranging from the History Channel and FOX5, all the way to international radio and internet TV. A show with Danny is the ultimate wildlife experience!
When he’s not inspiring children and adults with ZOO JERSEY, he is travelling across the United States of America, bringing justice for rattlesnakes in Texas, and helping to raise funds for international Crocodile conservation in Florida.
Danny is easily recognizable by his abundance of energy and the usual presence of his beloved Kookaburra, Babakook!
ZOO JERSEY wouldn't be possible without the dedicated tribe of staff who are our core. They ensure that both the company and the animals thrive and flourish. Find out about the incredible individuals who are the pulse of our company. They're even more wild than the animals!
Currently living and working as an Animal Educator and Presenter in the U.K with 'Impeyan Productions', Emma frequents America several times a year to learn more about American Wildlife and to support ZOO JERSEY behind the scenes.
Born in the U.K and raised in the Far East, Emma began working with animals at only 10 years old, managing a small, Hong Kong pet shop every day after school. She was then selected to join the Hong Kong SPCA, specializing in the capture, rehabilitation and re-homing of stray dogs.
In the U.K., Emma is often brought injured or found, native wildlife for care, such as foxes and voles, as well as discarded or lost pets. Enthusiastic about both domestic and exotic species, Emma's professional animal work CV includes opening and running a successful doggy day care in England, as well as working as a zoo keeper for the historic Golders Hill Park Zoological Collection in London.
As of 2017, Emma is working with the UK government to bring greater practice standards to the Animals Encounters industry, promoting excellence in both animal husbandry and education.
Emma can easily be identified by her vast mane of hair, as well as the usual presence of one or more ferrets!
ZOO JERSEY is currently growing its Tribe!
Check back soon to meet our new Animal Presenters and Animal Technicians!
Emma Lock Founder of ZOO JERSEY & Educator (U.K Division)
Former science educator at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center, Andy is a warm, knowledgeable presenter with a real knack for conveying interesting facts in a way that engages all ages.
Although his expertise and knowledge transcends all taxa, from mammals and reptiles to birds and amphibians, his speciality is INSECTS!!
In his own collection, he has scores of friendly tarantulas, which are sure to get any party started and bring every classroom to life.
Alongside his adventures with Zoo Jersey, Andy is the co-host of the award winning Urban Jungles Radio, with Danny Mendez. As part of his radio career, Andy has attended wildlife calls to action all over the USA and Canada, bringing exotic pet advice and justice for rattlesnakes to many states.
As well as his incredible skills as an educator, recognized involvement in the global reptile community, and impressive experience as an educator, Andy is also a devoted rescuer of animals in need, and has a huge family of adopted snakes, former stray cats and parrots at home.
Andrew is easily recognizable by his big, warm smile, impressive collection of body art and his magnificent, furry chin-mascot!