Donald “Skip” Uricchio

Joining Frost Science in 2011, Skip Uricchio oversees our animal and plant exhibits, related operations and husbandry, and is part of the new museum design team. He is responsible for the acquisition of all animals for exhibits, and manages the Batchelor Wildlife Center raptor rehabilitation operations.

Uricchio began his 29-year career at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, then moved on to the New Jersey State Aquarium, where he was part of the husbandry team, as well as a pelagic fish and shark collection team that was the first to successfully catch, transport and exhibit blue sharks in a public aquarium.

Recently, Uricchio has worked on local coral relocation projects and has enabled the museum to acquire numerous endangered species of Caribbean corals for captive propagation for other zoological education facilities. Uricchio graduated from Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology.