Former curator to read from book on Bronx Zoo

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SHEFFIELD — Bronx Zoo Curator Annette Libeskind Berkovits will speak about her book, "Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator" and her career at 3 p.m. on Saturday, at Bushnell-Sage Library, 100 Main St. Books will be available for purchase.

A champion and expert on conservation education, Berkovits takes readers behind the scenes of one of America's most renowned zoos in her new book. Filled with anecdotes about a variety of animals from pumas to king cobras, it is the perfect book for animal lovers everywhere who may have wondered about what goes on behind the scenes at a zoo.

Berkovits pulls back the curtain on little-known facts about the Bronx Zoo, including a secret classroom with gorillas, employees who live at the zoo, unpublicized animal escapes and controversial exhibits.

When Berkovits started working at the Bronx Zoo in New York in 1972, she trod a nearly virgin territory. Public education had not yet found its way into the zoo's philosophy or strategies, and very few women worked in zoos. She took the zoo's public education initiatives to the next level, not only at her zoo, but nationwide and worldwide. She is a pioneer for women in the field of conservation and the creator of award-winning conservation education programs recognized for excellence by the National Science Foundation.

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