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Dayle Taylor with
Canadian Lynx Cub
Taylor grew up in Wilmington,
Massachusetts. She became captivated with wildlife while living
in Juneau, Alaska as a child in 1974 & 1975. Her passion
for wildlife continued to increase through the years. She worked
on a horse farm in Alton, New Hampshire for 5 years; she became
scuba certified at the age of 12; she took courses at the Dolphin
Research Center after graduating Wilmington High School, and
joined a research trip to the Brazilian Amazon to study the pink
Dayle began a 16 year career
at the New England Aquarium in 1989. There she worked on the
Whale Watch as a Naturalist and later as a boat Captain. She
also helped out with the Animal Care Center rescuing stranded
In 2005, Dayle moved on to
a new career as a senior zookeeper at Zoo New England and currently
continues to work there. Her duties include caring for all of
the animals in the collection at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
She also trains the Jaguars, Spider monkeys, Mountain Lions,
North American River Otters, Reindeer and Black Bears. When not
spending time with her family or at work, Dayle enjoys dabbling
in the arts including drawing, painting, murals and woodworking.
Her love of nature is seen throughout her art.
Dayle is also an avid wildlife
photographer. Her photographs have been used in Whale Watching
field guides, brochures, newspapers, and on the Internet. Her
pictures of a rare beluga whale sighting were used in the Boston
Globe and Boston Herald. She has also made appearances on PBS
kids shows such as Arthur, and more recently, Curious George.
Taylor grew up in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He developed an interest in wood working as a
young child while watching his Grandfather woodcarving in his
small workshop in Malden. His grandfather claimed he could fix
anything with his trusty Swiss Army Knife. This always intrigued
young Jeff and would greatly influence him as he grew. Jeff joined
the Boy Scouts of America at the age of 10. Years later he became
an Eagle Scout.
Jeffrey helped his father build
their summer cottage in Harpswell, Maine. This greatly improved
his carpentry skills and thus peaked his interest in furniture
building. He likes to create shaker style furniture, and wood
In 1987 Jeffrey joined the
U.S. Coast Guard where he served in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto
Rico and Lampadusa, Italy. He returned in 1989. Later that same
year he acquired his US Coast Guard 100 ton Master License. The
next 21 years he spent as a captain for Boston Harbor Cruises,
New England Aquarium, and then Odyssey Cruises.
Jeffrey has always had a love
for nature and wildlife, and his experiences in scouting, patrolling
the world, and whale watching in Stellwagan Bank National Marine
Sanctuary have served to fortify this love.