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Our Zoo Team

Dedication. Commitment. Compassion. Getting dirty every day. Those are just a few of the requirements to work at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Every member of our staff is devoted to the work at hand, whether it’s trimming a tree branch above a 500-lb. Bengal tiger or teaching 30 kindergarteners how to pronounce the name of a lesser anteater or tamandua (tuh-man-doo-uh). It means being diligent to the care and well-being of our animals 365 days a year, under all conditions, no matter what the circumstances. It means showing kindness and respect to every creature at our zoo. And trying to keep our clothes clean is an impossible feat.

Sharing our passion for animals is not just what we do, it’s who we are,..

Joel M. Hamilton

Executive Director

About Joel

Patti Hall

Director Emeritus

About Patti

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is operated by The Zoo Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of DIrectors:

Board Chairman

Paige Griffin

Vice Chair

Ginny Barnes


Beth Kimmerling


Amy Janke

Board Members

Lisa Atchley
Kat Dameworth
Allyson Pearce


These are the key members of our team who oversee the day-to-day operations of the zoo:


Marcale Sisk

Cyndi Johnson

Rusty Gilbert
Facilities Manager

Michelle Little
Assistant Curator


Ruthie Taylor
Human Resources

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