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Leaders & Experts

You’d be surprised how many individuals, talents and backgrounds it takes to run the Zoo! Zoo Atlanta employs an outstanding team of experienced professionals in a variety of departments. Check out brief reference bios below. For more information, please contact the Public Relations and Communications Department.

Meet The Experts

Sam Rivera, DVM

Senior Director of Veterinary Services

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Kate Leach, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD

Vice President of Collections and Conservation

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James Ballance

Senior Curator of Birds, Herpetology and Ambassador Animals

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Kenn Harwood

Curator of Mammals

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Jodi Carrigan

Curator of Primates

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Robert Hill

Curator of Herpetology

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Joe Mendelson, PhD

Director of Research

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Rebecca Young

Curator of Ambassador Animals

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Marieke Cassia Gartner, PhD

Director of Animal Welfare

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Lauren Wilson

Curator of Birds

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