At 18, Genevieve showed up at Mark McCarthy’s front gate and inquired about the job she was offered as a child. She worked for McCarthy for 3 years as a zoo keeper and tour guide. At McCarthy’s she learned everything from raising and training exotics animals, rehabilitating native wildlife, giving educational public tours and fundraising. There she witnessed first hand the overwhelming numbers of the general public who purchase exotic animals as pets and inevitably has to surrender them to sanctuaries.
As a tour guide, Genevieve quickly realised the urgency for the greater public to learn what is happening with wildlife conservation around the globe and thus discovered her passion to educate people about wildlife . This inspired Genevieve to become involved with conservation groups working internationally and begin traveling.
After McCarthy’s, Genevieve worked for Rare Species Conservatory Foundation where she learned from founder, Dr. Paul R. Reillo, Ph.D. about the world of wildlife conservation. RSCF is dedicated to science based, captive breeding, research and release programs for Mountain Bongo Antelope, Pygmy Marmosets, Red-browed Amazon Parrots and The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. During this time she also worked as a veterinary technician for Planco Veterinary Care and The All Bird Clinic of The Palm Beaches to work on basic veterinary skills for domestic animals and parrots. For more information on Rare Species Conservatory Foundation and their work, visit www.rarespecies.org