Micke Grove Zoo manager Ken Nieland retires
Ken Nieland with some golden lion tamarin monkeys at Micke Grove Zoo in south Lodi on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Nieland retired in late March after almost 33 years at the zoo.
- Ken Nieland at a glance
Born and raised: Vallejo and Napa.
Residence: Micke Grove Zoo grounds in south Lodi for almost 33 years; moving to Sutter Creek.
Education: Bachelor's degree in zoology at University of California, Davis; took graduate classes in administration.
Career: Worked at Sacramento Zoo for several years; transferred to Micke Grove Zoo in 1979.
Organizations: Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi; former Lodi Chamber of Commerce president; committee on Visit Lodi!; member of Lodi Sandhill Crane Association board.
Family: Wife Nancy; one daughter; four grandchildren.
— Source: Ken Nieland
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 am
Ken Nieland has not only worked at Micke Grove Zoo for almost 33 years, he's actually lived on the zoo grounds the whole time.
"I loved this job," Nieland said. "When you've worked someplace for 33 years, there's never a shortage of things you do. There have been a lot of great people to work with."
Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 am.