Michael Dee

Retired General Curator Michael Dee

Retired General Curator Michael Dee

Former General Curator Michael Dee worked at the Los Angeles Zoo for 40 years before retiring in 2008. Except for a brief excursion at Der Wienerschnitzel before his zoo career and a tour in Vietnam from 1969–70 shortly after he started working as an animal keeper, his entire professional life was devoted to the Zoo. Even retirement didn’t lure him away for long and he currently serves as a docent in the volunteer corps. During his long tenure at the Zoo, he worked with countless species, but Sumatran rhinos have a special place in his heart. In the mid-’80s, Dee was part of the group of zoo professionals who brought this rare and endangered species into the U.S. to establish a breeding population. He has served on the board of the California Wildlife Center, and currently serves on the boards of directors for the International Rhino Foundation and the Bighorn Institute.