55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

Victoria McCloskey

Vikki is an Assistant Curator for the Steinhart Aquarium.


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. Duties include husbandry, training, public presentations. Rainforest birds, raptors, penguins.

What got you interested in becoming a biologist? Have always been interested in hands on work with exotics.

What do you like most and least about your job? Like educating the public, dislike dealing with exhibit maintenance.

What college did you go to and what degree did you receive? Bachelor of Arts San Francisco State University 1988-Drama and a Bachelor of Arts Sonoma State University 2006- Zoology.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many? Pets at home include 1 dog, 1 cat.

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. Start volunteering as soon as possible.

More about Vikki


Selected Articles and Publications

Melton, B, V. McCloskey, R. Orlando. “Management and Treatment of Avian Chlamydiosis in a captive Magellanic Penguin Colony at the San Francisco Zoo.” Animal Keepers Forum 2006, 33 (12): 533-540.


Vikki’s Suggested Reading:

“Hand-Rearing Birds” by Laurie J. Gage, DVM and Rebecca S. Duerr, DVM, 2007 (Blackwell Publishing).

“Don’t Shoot the Dog!” by Karen Pryor, 2002 (Cox & Wyman Ltd.).