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Zoo Atlanta welcomes Dr. Gina Ferrie

ATLANTA – June 4, 2024 – Following a competitive nationwide search, Zoo Atlanta is thrilled to welcome Gina Ferrie, PhD, to the executive team as Vice President of Collections and Conservation.  

Dr. Ferrie joins Zoo Atlanta from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she served most recently as Science Operations Manager. During her more than 16 years at that organization, she also served in the capacities of Research Manager and Population Biologist and Research Associate. Her prior professional zoological career also includes husbandry of both terrestrial and aquatic species.

The author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in applied zoo and aquarium science, biology, and conservation journals, Dr. Ferrie brings a passion for applied scientific and evidence-based practices that will enhance animal care, wellbeing, and conservation at Zoo Atlanta. In her new role, she will oversee the Zoo’s Animal Care and Research divisions while leading Zoo Atlanta’s conservation initiatives with an expert, long-term perspective in keeping with the Zoo’s established objectives as outlined in the organization’s Conservation Strategic Plan.

“Zoo Atlanta is excited and energized to welcome an innovative, proven leader with a breadth of experience in so many areas that matter integrally to our mission: outstanding animal care, scientific research, and conservation,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Dr. Ferrie will be a powerful asset as the leader of our world-class Animal Care and Research Teams and will bring invaluable insights to our Senior Leadership Team and to Zoo Atlanta at large as we continue to strive to move our organization forward in mission-based excellence.”

Dr. Ferrie has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and Environmental Biology from Dartmouth College. Her academic teaching experience includes Zoo Biology and Management and Population Management at the University of Central Florida and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development School.

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