Bryon Shipley: Research, Training, and Outreach Specialist
About: He has published numerous papers including research on prairie rattlesnakes in Colorado and Black-tailed prairie dogs associated with local herpetofauna. He is a recipient of the Colorado Open Space Alliance Blue Grama Award for Prairie rattlesnake research and is a member of the Colorado chapter of Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Mr. Shipley regularly speaks to various groups about snakes and herpetology and is conducting a state-sanctioned herpetological monitoring program in Cherry Creek State Park.
Education: 1981 graduate of the University of Maryland in Conservation and Resource Development
Venomous Snake Education and Handling Experience: Retired from Denver zoo after 21 years. Bryon spent 6 years at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. working in the Reptile House caring for a number of non-venomous and venomous snakes, in addition to Gila monsters, a venomous lizard. He later moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked at the Denver Zoo for over 25 years with a large assortment of venomous and non-venomous reptiles. While employed at the Denver Zoo, Bryon worked on several projects outside the Zoo involving Prairie rattlesnake research, including radio tracking and handling for data collection.