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My name is Colleen Cronin. Fascinated with foreign languages and cultures, I studied Astrophysics in Paris and spent a semester in Russia before receiving my BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. During a year in India, in addition to studying Hindi and raising money for a donkey sanctuary, I spearheaded an ArcGIS project to track elephant deaths for a local non-profit. Since then, my experience has included researching the effects of enrichment on stereotypic pacing in sand cats, processing blood samples to diagnose elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, and preparing diets and enrichment for over 35 mammalian species at the National Zoo. I just completed the Certificate in Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College, while working full-time as a Gift Planning Coordinator at the ACLU. I plan to incorporate my knowledge of animal behavior into conservation and management efforts to create more effective long-term solutions.