Whitney received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Animal Ecology with a specialization in animal care and a minor in Biology in 2005. From there he became lead animal keeper at the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Georgia. In 2009 he moved to Garden City, KS for a zookeeping job at Lee Richardson Zoo. He was then promoted to Manager of Distance Learning and Technology and then again to Curator of Education. In 2018 he left the zoo field to help pet owners in SW KS by starting Buchman Best Behaviors. Currently he is finishing his Karen Pryor Academy certification. He recently moved into a new home with his wife Mary to accommodate their 5 dogs, 1 cat, 4 bunnies, and 2 fish tanks.