Zoo 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.

Find out about the Zoo’s staff:

Lori Perkins
Vice President of Collections

Hayley Murphy, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services

Sam Rivera, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Kate Leach, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

James Ballance
Curator of Birds and Program Animals

Rebecca Bearman
Assistant Curator of Birds and Program Animals

Joe Mendelson, PhD
Director of Herpetological Research

Brad Lock, DVM
Curator of Herpetology

Stephanie Braccini, PhD
Curator of Mammals

Tammy Schmidt 
Assistant Curator of Mammals 

Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD
Curator of Primates

Laura Mayo
Assistant Curator of Primates