Meet the Keepers!


Sheri
Sheri Hickok
I started working at Brights Zoo in 2015.
Section of the zoo worked - Hoofstock, sloth , anteater, otter, lynx, back barn, and some of the birds.
Favorite animal or favorite animal to work with - Red panda and African Bongo 
About yourself - Hometown is Cape May, New Jersey. I love to go hiking with my dog.


Maggie
Maggie Trunack

I started working at Brights Zoo in 2012.
Section of the zoo worked - Hoofstock
 

Favorite animal or favorite animal to work with - Winston the bongo and Bruce the porcupine

About yourself - Hometown is Long Island, New York. I enjoy playing soccer and lacrosse. Pokemon, reading, and visiting other zoos are some of my favorite hobbies


"Always happy to talk about my animals with guests and love coming up with new enrichment for the animals."


Ariel

Name: Arielle Dolan
I started working at Brights Zoo in 2015.
Section: Top (Primates & Birds)
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Hobbies: equestrian, aquarium keeping, reading
Favorite books: Green Rider series, Summer King Chronicles 
Favorite animal at the zoo: Servals, specifically Caspian


 Haley

Name: Haley Jones

I started working at Brights Zoo in 2018.

Little about yourself: I grew up in Kingsport and lived there most of my life until I was accepted to Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. I graduated May 2017 with a bachelors in Biology, with a concentration of Wildlife and Fish. During my time at college I discovered I wanted to enter a world with exotics, and I started pursuing my Zookeeping career. My favorite movie is the "Little Mermaid" and my other hobby would be running.
Favorite animal/animals to work with: My favorite animal of all time is a giraffe, but a penguin is close second. I love to work with Lemurs, Otters, Tortoises, and Anteaters.

GO WILD!


John

Name: John Simcox

Year started at Brights Zoo: 2018
Section of zoo worked: I work in all sections.
Little about yourself: I have a background in Marine Science and Wildlife Conservation, and I absolutely adore animals. I am passionate about our planet and I work to enhance the public’s understanding of nature. In addition, I am working towards becoming a PADI Divemaster to further my work in wildlife conservation. 

Favorite animal: Pangolin


Carie 
Name: Kari Cochran

I started working at Brights Zoo in 2015. 

Section of the zoo worked: Bottom half (hoofstock)

Little about yourself: My favorite movie is "The Lion King." I was born in Towanda, PA, but lived in Asheville, NC most of my life. My hobbies are cake decorating and working with animals. My favorite animal is "Barney" the Baird's Tapir and "Bruce" the African Crested Porcupine.


Courtland 

Name: Courtland Lyle

I started working at Brights Zoo in 2018. 

Section of the zoo worked: South America Building & The bottom section

Little about yourself: I am a passionate birder and nature enthusiast. Additonally, I have had a keen interest in paleontology and fossils since I was very young. My favorite animal is the ground hornbills.


Chris
Name: Christopher Sammons

I started working at Brights Zoo in 2018.
Section of the zoo worked - Primate and South America Building

Favorite animal or favorite animal to work with - Clyde the cape vulture because he is a big feathery dinosaur

About yourself - I am a Biology graduate from Maryville College. I am originally form Cincinnati, Ohio. I love working and playing outside with animals.


Hilda

Name: Hilda Angeles
I started working at Brights Zoo in 2001.
Section of the zoo worked - the primate, diet prepping and South America Building sections.

Favorite animal or favorite animal to work with - All of them that I work with.

About yourself - I have been with Brights zoo since the beginning. Both myself and my husband work at the zoo. I love working with the baby animals. I have worked here since before the zoo was open to the public. Hope you enjoy the zoo!

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