About Alex Worsley

Alex joined the Animal Ark team in 2007 as a volunteer after moving to Reno to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from UNR. A dedicated husband and father, Alex loves working with the families and school groups that visit Animal Ark. His varied background has aided Animal Ark in formulating safety protocols and dynamic education programs.


Since 2011 Animal Ark has participated in a pilot launch of C.O.O.L. Crafts, a unique conservation project.  Through this project, local artisans in Kenya are able to create items representing a diversity of talents, styles and wildlife found throughout Kenya, and are empowered through business training to develop their livelihoods.  The unifying theme: Cheetah, Otter, Owl and Lion.  All crafts [...]


Welcome Koda

Koda, an arctic fox, arrived at Animal Ark on November 19, 2014. Born in captivity, Koda was sold as a pet on Craigslist when he was four months old and was then transferred to another person after just two weeks. His new owners cared for Koda for two months, realized the difficulties involved in raising a wild animal as a [...]

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Orphan Cubs Need Help

In early November a mother black bear with two female cubs was struck by a car and killed in the Sierras.  The orphaned cubs will spend several months at Animal Ark under specialized care.  Bear cubs require a natural diet, and a lot of it, for weight gain as well as isolation from humans.  In late-winter, Nevada Department of Wildlife [...]

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Run for the Animals

It's our second annual Animal Ark Stampede Trail Run!  Dress in your favorite animal costume or print and take on this challenging 5K Trail Run/Walk through the beautiful high desert that supports the winter care of our animals.  Be sure to bring the family as e will have face painting, a 1/4 Mile Kids Run, raffle prizes and booths.  Register [...]

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Experience Africa

Join us for Out of Africa!  You will enjoy African barbeque, beer and wine while bidding on items in our Silent Auction.  Before being awed by our cheetahs running at top speeds, you will learn about active cheetah conservation programs in Africa from Mary Wykstra, a passionate conservationist and Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.  Start the fun early [...]

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Animal Ark is excited to announce one of the world's leading experts on small cats will be in Reno in April! When people think of wild cats, lions and tigers come to mind.  But what about bobcats, lynx, fishing cats or pallas's cats?  There are actually 30 species of cat closer in size to your house pet than a lion [...]

WILD Cats2018-02-13T12:00:06-08:00


The greatest challenge over the past 32 years has been the operation of the wildlife park without adequate water resources. Early in 2012, the Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a remedy for this problem.  This would be the most ambitious and expensive project ever undertaken by our non-profit organization as we would need to raise funds for [...]