John Creviston

President, Curator of Animal Collections

Growing up on Texada Island in BC gave John an intimate connection with nature. He cared for and raised various animals when unwanted by previous owners. His fascination with wildlife and the natural environment ultimately led to John beginning a professional career at the Calgary Zoo in 1979 where he was soon appointed to manage the Australasia and Nocturnal sections. While in Calgary, John also served as president of the Swift Fox Conservation Society and as a board member of the Calgary Humane Society (SPCA).

In 1996 John become the Curator of Animals at Victoria’s Crystal Garden Conservation Centre where he modernized the facility’s exhibits and animal collections to reflect its wildlife conservation efforts. With the facility’s closure in 2004, his efforts shifted toward leading sustainable development initiatives with a local resort company, where he served as their director. John is currently steward for the Purple Martin colony at Tod Inlet, near Brentwood Bay, BC, as well as serving as President of OASES. His hope is to see the development of a conservation centre in the Victoria, BC area that can better serve to connect people with nature.

John Creviston