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."
I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your continued support. I wish to encourage you to make the most of your membership and visit often to see our improvements.
Over the winter months the staff have been actively working to add more value to your membership. With that hard work, I am proud to say we have collaborated with thirty other institutions around the country in which you can use your Spring River Zoo membership for free or discounted benefits to the following zoos:
Heritage Park Zoo, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Charles Paddock Zoo, Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Pueblo Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Cosley Zoo, Washington Park Zoo, Baton Rouge Zoo, Zoosiana, Alexandria Zoo, Dakota Zoo, Alameda Park Zoo, Ross Park Zoo, Zoo New York, African Safari Wildlife Park, Wildlife Safari, Elmwood Park Zoo, Bright’s Zoo, Nashville Zoo, The Texas Zoo, Austin Zoo, Tracy Aviary, Beardsley Zoo, Flamingo Gardens, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Salisbury Zoo, Cape May County Park and Zoo, Gladys Porter Zoo, Pine Grove Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo.
We will continue to update our website with the zoos that are added to our reciprocity program. This will allow our members to stay current on our reciprocity program as we continue to add new institutions to the list.
Also our members receive discounts on zoo events and special invitations to members’ only events that we hope will continue to expand as well.
Feel free to reach out to our team to be involved with programming, events and growth, as we would enjoy hearing from our members on how to improve your zoo.
- John Wright, Spring River Zoo Director
Juan Bejarano, Guest Services Associate
Andrea Cole, Zoo Curator
Lyz Foster, Zookeeper
What drew you to this career? Caring for animals is my forte. It's what I do best, and it's what I'm suited for.
What is your favorite animal? Pigs are my favorite; all shapes and sizes. They're very misunderstood, but I get them.
What is your favorite animal at Spring River Zoo? Honestly, I love them all. I can't pick just one because I think they're all special.
Favorite quote: "Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost
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.