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Kristen Lewis is the Director of Public Programs at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has been at the Zoo for the past 9 years. In her current position she oversees the zoo-wide conservation education programming and public events. She started off her career at the Zoo as a nutrition intern managing a study on artificial diets for the highly endangered Micronesian kingfisher (Halcyon cinnamomina cinnamomin). Her interests in writing and public speaking lead her into the public relations field where she spent 2 years as a zoo spokesperson and pitching stories to promote wildlife conservation. Her passion for working with animals and her love for children launched her into her career in conservation education. For the past 5, years Kristen has been focusing her efforts educating over 1 million guests that visit the Philadelphia Zoo. She is currently the education liaison for the Lion Species Survival Plan and a member of the Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership.