Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Craig Saffoe

As the Curator of the Great Cats, Andean Bear and Kids’ Farm areas of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Craig Saffoe is responsible for the overall care and management of 17 species and more than 50 individual animals. Starting as an intern in 1994 and working his way up to Animal Keeper, Biologist and now Curator. Saffoe leads a team that has been incredibly successful at breeding large carnivores, boasting multiple successful litters of lions, tigers and Andean bears.

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