Dr. Anne Baker received her BA in Zoology from Indiana University and her MS and PhD in Zoology from the University of Maryland. As part of her doctoral work, she spent seven years in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) studying the development of social behavior in wild primates. She was a Smithsonian predoctoral fellow at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, Curator of Primates at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago for eight years, Director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse for thirteen years, and CEO/Executive Director of the Toledo Zoo from 2006 until her retirement in 2012.
Following her retirement Dr. Baker has continued her commitment to species conservation, serving as the Executive Director of the Amphibian Ark and a co-convener of the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group North American network.
Dr. Baker is a past President of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was its first woman president in fifty years. She is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and in 2014 received its highest honor, the Heini Heidiger award.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Aligning the Means with the Mission
A response to “How can zoos and aquariums foster cultures of care and conservation?”
- Amphibian Ark
Learn more about Dr. Anne Baker’s work with the the Amphibian Ark.