Buzzing around the Assiniboine Park Zoo on a golf cart, Tim Sinclair-Smith seems right at home.
He points out the all the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), but he seems most proud of the Journey to Churchill exhibit and the future kangaroo exhibit being built.
"People will be able to walk in the enclosure with the kangaroos," said Sinclair-Smith proudly. "It will be the first in Canada, we have them all over in Australia. I don’t know why they don’t have them here."
The sad news is that Sinclair-Smith, director of zoological operations at the zoo, has decided to move back home to Australia.
He and his wife have decided to raise their almost two-year-old son closer to his family just outside of Perth.
"It’s time for him to meet his grand-parents, uncles, and aunties," said Sinclair-Smith.
Sinclair-Smith grew up with the zoo business, but now that he’s leaving the director position, he doesn’t know where his career will take him next. When asked, however, he has a quick response.
"Professional recreational golfer sounds good," he said.
Don Peterkin, chief operations officer of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, said Sinclair-Smith will be missed.
"Tim was great for the zoo," said Peterkin. "He lead the zoo in the direction that it is going."
As for a replacement for Sinclair-Smith, Peterkin said the search is underway.
"They are a rare breed in Canada, and North America," said Peterkins of zoo directors. "We do have an internal candidate though."