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Jennifer Ireland

Curator of Mammals

Jennifer Ireland was named one of the North Carolina Zoo’s two Curators of Mammals in October of 2014. She is responsible for overseeing the management of the primate, marine mammal, felid, and small mammal collections as well as zebra, giraffe, and red river hogs. Her responsibilities include general supervision of operations, facilities, resource management, and staff; as well as acquisition, disposition and husbandry related to all of the aforementioned mammals.

Jennifer is a native of the Finger Lakes Region of New York. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the State University of New York at Oswego, she worked for two and one-half years at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park in Binghamton, New York. Jennifer came to the North Carolina Zoo in 1998, starting as a zookeeper I caring for lions, chimpanzees, and baboons. Three years later she was promoted to a zookeeper II caring for the varied collection. From 2006 to 2014 Jennifer was the Animal Management Supervisor directly overseeing the staff, facilities, and operations involving lions, chimpanzees, lemurs, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, and red river hogs.

Jennifer has served on the Steering Committee for the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 2008.

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North Carolina Zoo 

4401 Zoo Parkway

Asheboro, North Carolina 



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