Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Veteran Animal Curator Pat Sharkey Named Executive Director of Oceans Aquarium

Concept art courtesy OARSC.

Coventry, RI, USA — Pat Sharkey, General Curator at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI, has taken the reigns as Executive Director of the Oceans Aquarium Research and Science Center.  Sharkey has almost thirty years experience in animal husbandry, having also been General Curator at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX, and an Assistant Curator at SeaWorld San Diego.

Plans call for a 10 million gallon aquarium featuring five main tanks, one for each of the world’s oceans, a giant screen 3D theater, museum exhibits, shopping and dining venues, and education and research facilities.  A location has yet to be announced.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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