Wildwood Zoo

Meet our Zoo Manager

 zoo keeper

Steve Burns is excited to be your Zoo Manager! He joined the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department at Wildwood Zoo on August 23, 2011. 

Steve was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin; there he first discovered his passion for the outdoors. Upon graduating high school, Steve attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management. After living in Iowa and Wyoming, Steve and his wife Laura had the opportunity to move “home” to Wisconsin, and set roots in Marshfield in July, 2010.  

Before becoming Zoo Manager at Wildwood Zoo, Steve worked for the Iowa DNR as a Wildlife Specialist, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a Wildlife Biologist, and as Zoo Intern right here at Wildwood Zoo. While in Wyoming he cared for elk, bighorn sheep, antelope, bison, mountain lions and bobcats. He also assisted with wildlife disease and chemical immobilization research. Steve is especially interested in ungulate and predator species. In 2003 and 2004, Steve had the opportunity to work with the Wisconsin DNR studying and monitoring Wisconsin’s wild elk herd. During this time he also trapped and tracked black bear and timber wolves in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.  Steve is wild about animals, and loves to share his passion with others.

In his spare time, Steve loves to be outdoors. He is an avid canoe camper, and loves fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and photography. Steve would love to see you at the zoo sometime soon! Stop in to say hi and to learn more about our resident zoo animals!