Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ken Gold Featured in Today's Chicago Tribune

Ken Gold, 55, became a certified animal representative with the American Humane Association 11 years ago, assigned to monitor films to ensure no harm comes to animals on a set. Gold has worked on more than 230 film productions, including "Marley & Me," "Contagion" and "Django Unchained."(Armando L. Sanchez, Photo for the Tribune)
Ken Gold was featured in today's Chicago Tribune for his "day job" as a certified animal representative with the American Humane Association. They did not mention his "real job" as an artist.

'"I always loved animals. … Initially, I was interested in exotics and how captivity affected them," said Gold, a primatologist whose early career focused primarily on monkeys and apes."

He got a master's degree in systematic and behavioral biology at San Francisco State University, where he studied under Dr. Hal Markowitz, one of the modern founders of a movement to improve the environment for zoo animals. In the 1990s, Gold worked as an animal behaviorist and assistant curator for the Lincoln Park Zoo, before moving abroad to become the general curator for Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands and the general curator at the Singapore Zoo.'

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