Monica grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts where she developed an interest in wildlife from a very young age. Monica loved observing the snails and ants that lived in her backyard, but her passion was solidified while attending a Jr. Zookeeping camp at Zoo New England. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Environmental Science and Wildlife Studies, where her favorite classes were evolution, mammalogy, and animal behavior. After moving to Los Angeles in 2014, she attended the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program at Moorpark College, where she was able to expand her knowledge and experience in animal behavior, husbandry, medical care, and training with a wide variety of species of birds, reptiles, and mammals.
Monica completed a one-week internship at Wildlife Learning Center as a part of the EATM Program, and she fell in love with the animals, employees, and mission. She is grateful to now be a biologist at WLC – where she can utilize education and interaction with animals to inspire the public (and future generations) to care about wildlife and the environment.