About Us

The Greater Saint John community zoo that inspires excellence in conservation through education and safe family fun


The Cherry Brook Zoo is a community attraction for all ages, dedicated to conservation, animal enrichment, education and recreation, through the protection and exhibition of animals, plants and their habitats.


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Our Staff

Martha McDevitt

Executive Director

Martha is the Executive Director and has been involved with the zoo since 2011.

Martha has had a love for animals since she was a child and when she was old enough, she began to travel all over the world visiting zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries to expand her knowledge. When she finished her Biology degree at UNB, she was hired as a zookeeper, and was honoured to be appointed Director of the Cherry Brook Zoo in 2016.

Hugh O’Hara

Senior Keeper

Hugh is our Senior Keeper, and has been working at the zoo since 1988.

He is passionate about his work with animals, but he also loves educating and sharing his excitement with children of all ages! His friends and family know that if they are ever in need of anything, Hugh is always the first to lend a helping hand without hesitation. Hugh’s positive outlook on life is contagious and his dedication is second to none.

Megan Gorey

Zoo Keeper/Vet Assistant

Megan recently joined the Zoo Crew team the summer of 2018. She has always known she wanted to work with animals, and began living out that dream as a vet assistant at the end of 2016.

Traveling to South Africa for the first time in 2016, and returning in 2017, she spent her happiest days working at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Megan worked at Seaside Home Veterinary Care in Saint John once returning from South Africa, up until August 2018, when she joined the Zoo Crew!

Shirley Macaulay

Office Manager

Shirley began her work in 2007 at the zoo and has never looked back.

Shirley loves all animals, and especially loves the big cats and primates. Although, she isn’t working directly with the animals, her role is important, as she works tirelessly behind the scene to ensure customers and zoo staff are looked after. When Shirley isn’t making the people around her laugh, she is running an at-home business of professional cake decorating.


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