Dwight Scott began his career as a zoo professional at the Kansas City Zoological Garden in 1994 where he was employed as a keeper. He moved from there to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where he was promoted to a zoological manager position. He first came to the Oklahoma City Zoo in 2000, first as the assistant curator/mammals, then curator/mammals in 2001 and finally director of animal management.
He moved from the Oklahoma City Zoo to the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum in 2006, where he served as the assistant director for two years. He returned to Oklahoma City in July 2008 as the executive director/CEO of the Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden.
Scott has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and also participated in an independent study of chimpanzee and orangutan behavior at the Kansas City Zoo. He is a professional member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and vice-chair of the Ape Taxon Advisory Group Steering Committee and a member of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan Management Group.