Meet the Zoo Team
What drew you to this career? What interested me with the zoo was mainly that no day is the same as the next. There's also the ability to be part of the community, the ability to help out animals and promote conservation. Those are some of the things that drew me.
What is your favorite animal? I have a fondness for giraffes and hoofstock.
Who is your favorite animal at Spring River Zoo? The keeper staff.
How did you get to Roswell? I grew up in Kansas City, and worked in a variety of other zoos as a director and curator. Most recently, I was a curator at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City. COVID obviously hit our industry, and I was fortunate enough to find this opening, apply and get it.
Favorite quote: I have a couple. First one is, "If you're on time, you're late." Also, my dad always taught me, "Be lazy by doing it right the first time."
Tisha Tu'ua, Guest Services Lead
What brought you to Roswell?
My family brought me to Roswell, and I wanted to have a relationship with my niece and nephew.
What is your favorite part of the Zoo?
All of the different animals and the staff.
What is the question or comment you get most frequently from Zoo guests?
Usually when guests are leaving, they'll stop by the admission gate and let us know that Spring River Zoo is a very beautiful zoo.
Kenzie Almendariz, Guest Services Associate
Andrea Cole, Zoo Curator
Renee Fair, Zoo Educator
Ayrin Meeks, Zookeeper
Cori Villers, Zookeeper
What brought you to the zoo? I’ve been working with animals ever since I was young. What brought me to this specific zoo was they took a chance on me, and it’s a little challenging to find a zoo career. I interned at a previous zoo, fell in love with the zoo world and here I am.
What is your favorite animal? My favorite animals of all time would probably be giraffes or sea otters.
What’s your favorite animal at Spring River Zoo? If I had to choose one animal at this zoo, it would probably be the ring-tailed lemurs. I love how resourceful they are. I love watching them do their thing, whether that’s climbing around or making their barking noise.
Favorite quote: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’” – Audrey Hepburn.
Amy Youngren, Zookeeper
Maintenance & Operations Team