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Diane Brischke was born in Detroit, Michigan but later grew up in Eastpointe where she now resides with her sister, one dog and seven turtles. After graduating from South Lake High
School in 1966, she was admitted to Wayne State University where she received an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts. She continued her education to receive a Master's Degree in Education and one in Learning Disabilities.

Diane went on to begin her teaching career at Ferry Elementary School in Detroit where she taught grades from first to third. Given the opportunity to change her teaching position,
Diane accepted a teacher position in the preschool. During this time she returned to the university to receive a state endorsement in Early Childhood Education where she remained for twenty-five years. In2004, Diane retired after serving the community and giving the children the foundation that led them towards a successful educational background.

Diane's interest has always been to incorporate the use of animals in all of the subjects presented in her c1assrom. Her teaching career began in 1969 when in an effort to teach her classes about animals, she would take them on field trips and introduced them to the various species. Every class had the opportunity to visit the Children's Zoo and aquarium which was located on Belle Isle, an island of many interesting places of education. Another educational location was her yearly trip with her class to the city zoo where the more exotic animals were seen. In the beginning of her teaching career many of the animals at the zoo could be seen in habitats which resembled the natural surroundings they would have been in the wild.

The zoo was noted for being one of the first to remove the cages and bars which once held these animals. They now could roam and given the freedom to be in their natural habitats.
Diane spent many hours walking the paths at the zoo photographing all the animals, not only at the city zoo but also the Children's Zoo. When the Children's Zoo was closed many of the animals she had come to know. She met many of them when they were transferred to the local where they lived and thrived of many years.

While on one of her photographic journeys to the main zoo, she happened to meet a wonderful man who was a docent, that is considered a mini-zoologist and is able to education the visitors about facts the different animals and answer the many questions they had. After a pleasant conversation she was told she would make a good docent. The first opportunity did not begin until later that year but she volunteered and was trained as an educator in the Outback, where she educated visitors about the Red Kangaroos and eventually Bennett's Wallaby. When the docent program was finally open she signed up and began her education in the study of different species of animals, habitats, behaviors and conservation. It was because of her educational background, she was asked to become one of the docents' advanced educational programs. This program gave her the opportunity to visit schools, libraries, retirement centers and a number of other establishments where she did presentations on many topics where she showed skulls, skins and replicas of the animals. She believes that hands on approach along with a visual presentation will pique the interest in the conservation of the futures of these animals.

The zoo is known for its many rescued animals and has taken time and effort in seeing that they are taken from horrendous enclosures and given a better quality of life. She supports many conservation organizations that bring awareness to the public about the many animals that are suffering from many dangers that are causing their numbers to sadly decrease to a level of near extinction. like many zoos across the country and abroad, the zoo is part of a species survival program where animals that are on the brink of extinction are paired with possible mates from other zoos.
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