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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.

Remembering Dr. Jennifer Mickelberg

Zoo Atlanta was devastated by the tragic passing of Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD, our Vice President of Collections and Conservation, on October 31, 2023.

Her loss is keenly felt throughout the Zoo Atlanta family, from the teams of animal care professionals she led, to the close colleagues with whom she worked regularly, to all those beyond Zoo Atlanta who knew and were touched by her, both professionally and personally.

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Meet The Experts

Sam Rivera, DVM

Vice President of Animal Health

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Kate Leach, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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James Ballance

Senior Curator of Ambassador Animals, Birds, and Herpetology

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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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