Peter Brazaitis
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Peter Brazaitis has spent his life working with amphibians and reptiles. He recently retired from a career with the New York Zoological Society (Wildlife Conservation Society) as the Superintendent of Herpetology at the Bronx Zoo, and later as a curator of the Central Park Zoo. Beginning in the 1970s he has assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the identification of rare species, and to this day continues his work as a forensic herpetologist, identifying amphibian and reptile species in products used in illegal trade.

Peter also regularly teaches training workshops and courses on wildlife artifact identification and the husbandry of his favorite group of organisms, the crocodilians. He has conducted field research on Goliath frogs in Cameroon, and on crocodilian population biology throughout South America and on Palau. He is the author of several books and many scientific papers on crocodilian biology, conservation, and the reptile skin trade. Within the Yale Peabody Museum he continues to conduct research into crocodilian biology, and is collaborating with staff and affiliates in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology on several projects.