Ron Magill

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Ron Magill
Born New York City, New York
Education University of Florida
Occupation Photographer
Communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens

Ron Magill is an American wildlife expert and photographer; he is the communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, and makes regular television appearances.

Magill was born in New York City, New York, but moved to Florida at the age of 12,[1] and obtained an associate's degree at the University of Florida.[2] His first job was working at the Miami Serpentarium, which no longer exists. In 1980 he became a zookeeper and gradually became lead zookeeper, senior zookeeper and then assistant curator.[1]

Today, Magill is the communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens and makes regular appearances on television shows such as Good Morning America, Sábado Gigante, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Today Show. He has a regular segment on the ESPN Radio's The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, where listeners can call in and ask him questions. He has also appeared on several documentaries for the Discovery Channel and the History Channel, and, during the 1980s, handled all the animals used on the Miami Vice television series.[2]

In 2006 Magill received the Wildlife Ambassador Award in recognition of his efforts on wildlife preservation. Magill was also director for the Cheetah Conservation Program.


  1. ^ a b Biermisth, J.R. (2005-11-16). "Interview: Ron Magill - Miami Metrozoo (Comm. Director & Photographer)". Miamist. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
  2. ^ a b Bai, Cinnamon (2003). "Too Cool". UF Today Magazine (University of Florida). Retrieved 2006-09-09. 

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