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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

Hayley Murphy, DVM

Deputy Director

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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

Associate Curator of Mammals

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Jodi Carrigan

Associate Curator of Primates

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Robert Hill

Associate Curator of Herpetology

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Joe Mendelson, PhD

Director of Research

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Rebecca Young

Associate Curator of Ambassador Animals

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