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John Groves

Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians

Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians John Groves manages all of the amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates at the Zoo.  John is primarily responsible for the management of the Streamside and Sonora Desert exhibits, but also has collection animals at the African Pavilion, Aviary and Cypress Swamp exhibits.

John has worked in zoos for more than 40 years, beginning his career at the Baltimore Zoo where he worked as a keeper  of reptiles for seven years.  He moved to the Philadelphia Zoo as Head Reptile Keeper in 1973 and was promoted to Curator in 1981.  In addition to his reptile positions, John became Philadelphia’s Curator of Birds 1986.  He joined the N.C. Zoo staff in 1993.

John has been active in conservation and field biology for many years, including research and conservation projects in South America, Mexico, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands as well as various parts of the United States.  Much of his research has focused on the natural history, behavior and conservation needs of a variety of amphibians, reptiles and birds.  John’s research programs at the N.C. Zoo include studies of the life history of the Cape Fear Shiner (an endemic North Carolina minnow) and the hellbender, North America’s largest salamander species.  John’s work has also included monitoring the native wildlife at the N.C. Zoo, particularly the Park’s box turtles.

John is a founding member of several conservation and zoo groups, including the Maryland Herpetological Society, Delaware Paleontology Society and the Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG) for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.  He is also active in the North Carolina Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC).

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