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Zoo Adventures Staff Bios

Zoo Adventures- Chris


Hello! I was born and raised in Costa Rica and my passion for wildlife began at an early age, but in time my interest expanded to natural history and conservation. This is what eventually led me to study biology and natural sciences at the Evergreen State College.  I have been living in the Pacific Northwest for about 10 years but still travel abroad with groups of students to fantastic places like the Galápagos or the Amazon.   I am incredibly excited to explore the zoo at night, sharing stories and learning together about nature and animals.





I love being at the zoo at night. It’s a magical place and I would love the chance to share the nighttime zoo with you. I started at the zoo as a docent many years ago where I conquered my fear of snakes and spiders and learned so much about the natural world. I am a 4th generation Seattleite and I love learning new things I have a fat old cat who is in charge of my life and in my spare time I like to listen to books on tape while I knit.



Zoo Adventures- Courtney


Hi everyone! This is my 3rd season at Woodland Park Zoo as a Zoo Adventures instructor! I just received my master's in zoology through Miami University's Global Field Program here at Woodland Park Zoo -it's a blast! My absolute favorite animal in the whole world is the koala- did you know they have fingerprints just like ours? I can't wait to go on some Zoo Adventures with all of you!



staff bio stephanie Aragon


Hey adventurers! I'm a recent graduate from the UW where I explored the relationship humans have with our environment. After classes I would often find myself strolling through zoo grounds, admiring the opportunity for people in the city to appreciate and learn about wildlife and conservation. My favorite thing about overnights at the zoo is that they truly are adventures. Every time I embark on an overnight, I leave the next day with a unique story to share. Join us and see what your zoo story will be!



Zoo Adventures- Paula


Shortly after moving to Seattle in 1999, I visited Woodland Park Zoo for the first time and a few months later, I was thrilled to join the staff as part of the Zoo Adventures team! It seemed to be the perfect way to put my zoology degree and experiences from camp and animal encounters as a child to good use. After all of these years, I still feel special walking around the Zoo at night and in the early morning and I love sharing that experience with others!



Zoo Adventure Staff


Hello fellow zoo lovers! Woodland Park Zoo is one of my favorite places to be, that's probably why I've been working here for over 15 years. I have a degree in zoology and psychology from the University of Washington to help me "talk" to the animals and being nocturnal by nature definitely helps with those long overnights.



 Zoo Adventures Staff


Hi, my name is Melody. I'm a Western Washington University Alumni who is passionate about the Pacific Northwest. My experience working with children in the informal education world started a few years ago and it opened my eyes to a different kind of teaching that I did not know was possible. I really enjoy teaching kids all about our natural world and how important it is to conserve it. In my spare time I love to read, bake, hike, bike, kayak, travel, and make arts & crafts.  I can’t wait to go on Zoo Adventures with you all!



Zoo Adventure Staff


Hi I am Frances!  I have worked at the zoo here and there since 2011.  I have been teaching environmental education for over 16 years and I have a rich history in environmental education from teaching and running programs in Ohio and Montana.  I have a degree in Environmental Science I earned in South Africa before spending a year in Thailand working in conservation and wildlife rehabilitation.  My favorite animal is the laughing hyena since its giggle makes me laugh and its breath is disgusting!  I look forward to share the zoo at night with all of you.




Zoo Adventure Staff

Sarah - Coordinator

Hi! I am Sarah. I graduated from Western Washington University, where I studied anthropology and elementary education. I have always loved the zoo.  I started volunteering as a teenager, then worked as a camp instructor for four years and now I work at the zoo year round as a coordinator!  I love playing board games, hiking, tide-pooling, and anything purple. My favorite animals are always changing as I learn more cool facts about them. I look forward to sharing them with you as we explore the zoo!




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