BENEFITING: LINCOLN PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
ORGANIZER: LINCOLN PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
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Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Perišin, and I am proud to be running with the Lincoln Park Zoo 26.2 team! I grew up in Dyer, Indiana with my loving parents, Jill & John Hayhurst and my older twin sisters, Ashley & Aimee. I have always had a strong interest in the zoology field. I can’t decide on just one favorite animal and I never could – it’s a toss-up between the snow leopard, arctic fox, Grevy’s zebra, burrowing owl & klipspringer (seriously, do your day a favor and go Google “baby klipspringer” – you will not be disappointed).
When I graduated from Indiana University in December 2009, I moved to Chicago with my husband/best friend/greatest supporter, Ryan Perišin, & we began volunteering at Lincoln Park Zoo in February of 2010. After volunteering & working in the Guest Services department for some time (yep, that was me driving that tiny children’s train around in circles!) I applied for & obtained an internship in the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology. Then, in December of 2011, I became the Studbook Analyst for the Population Management Center at Lincoln Park Zoo.
The Population Management Center advises the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Programs & creates management plans for each species that is a part of these cooperatively managed animal programs. The management plans outline the demographic & genetic status of the zoo population, as well as the breeding & transfer recommendations for individual animals. These recommendations are created with the intent of maintaining genetic diversity & minimizing inbreeding in the population, as well as taking each zoo and aquarium’s needs into account. Additionally, the recommendations endeavor to meet demographic goals for the future, including how many offspring a population needs to keep stable and how many individuals will be needed for conservation & education programs. The recommendations seek to maintain genetically & demographically healthy and sustainable zoo populations for many years to come.
I’m extremely proud to be working for such an amazing cause, and to be employed by an institution with an extensive history of remarkable animal care that speaks for itself. I absolutely love running in and around the zoo, and thanks to the bravery of my sister Ashley, who completed a marathon in 2012, I have been inspired to run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I’m excited for what is sure to be a long & arduous (but rewarding) journey with Team LPZoo 26.2!