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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:

Hayley Murphy, DVM
Vice President of Animal Divisions

Sam Rivera, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Kate Leach, DVM
Associate Veterinarian


Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD
Senior Director of Collections and Conservation

James Ballance
Curator of Birds and Program Animals

Rebecca Bearman
Assistant Curator of Birds and Program Animals

Stephanie Braccini, PhD
Curator of Mammals

Kenn Harwood
Assistant Curator of Mammals 

Jodi Carrigan
Assistant Curator of Primates

Robert Hill
Assistant Curator of Herpetology

Joe Mendelson, PhD
Director of Herpetological Research