The Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, now under construction in Helena next to the Stedman Foundry, came closer to reality with the recent hiring of the center's new director, Caryn Amacher of Indian River, Michigan. Amacher started her new job May 20. She will work in the Helena Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters building until the new Rehabilitation and Education Center is completed later this spring.
"We were looking for an unique individual to help shape this new facility and the important role that it will play in rehabilitating injured wildlife and in providing educational opportunities to the public," said Ron Aasheim, FWP Conservation Education administrator. "We were very fortunate to find Caryn with her diverse skills and management ability."
Amacher has dual bachelor degrees in Zoology and Biology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
The Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is a collaboration with the Mikal Kellner Foundation for Animals, FWP, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. The new center's state-of-the-art design will give orphaned and injured animals the care and rehabilitation they require, while helping them remain unattached to humans, the key to a successful release back into the wild.
Amacher comes to the Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center with 11 years of experience working at the Houston Zoological Gardens; Saginaw Children’s Zoo in Saginaw, Michigan; the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and the Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park. Her responsibilities have included animal care, budget administration, grant research and writing, management of exhibit design and construction, long-range planning, education program development, oversight of fundraising and marketing and public relations.