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 of the Cherry Brook Zoo and has been involved with the Zoo since 2011.

Martha has over 7 years experience working in supervisory and managerial positions, with many additional years in leadership roles. She 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 Saint John, she was hired as a zookeeper, until she was honoured to be appointed the Director of the Cherry Brook Zoo in 2016. Animal behaviour became a strong interest of hers, taking her to Bimini, The Bahamas, to study dolphin ecology and behaviour, with the Dolphin Communication Project DCP. Additional accomplishments include Hill's Veterinary Nutritional Advocate Course, Animal Communication, First Aid certificate, Canadian Firearms Safety Course, with a BA minoring in French and Psychology.

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.

Erin Brown

Zoo Keeper

Erin became a member of the zookeeper staff in the Spring of 2019

In college, Erin completed both a Bachelor's degree in Biology and an Associate degree in Zoo Animal Technology, which included internships at the Gulf Breeze Zoo and Gulfarium in Florida. From there, she went to the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee, to care for a wide variety of animals from big cats and hippos to tropical birds and domestic farm animals. For 8 of the 12 years she worked there, she was the primary keeper for a colony of African Penguins. Since returning home to Quispamsis, Erin has happily settled into the Cherry Brook Zoo family.

Megan Gorey

Zoo Keeper/Vet Assistant

Megan joined the Zoo Crew team in 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.

Twice, Megan has traveled to South Africa, working at an animal rehabilitation center, gaining invaluable experience. She proudly holds a diploma in Veterinarian Assistant and certifications in Veterinary nutrition. She has animal and human first aid, wild life rescue and triage, neonatal kitten care, and speaks french as second language. Megan has gained countless hours of continuing education and volunteer work, including working on anti-poaching rotations in Kruger National Park. When she isn't at the Zoo, she can be found volunteering at the SPCA, working at emergency on call, or hiking all around New Brunswick.

Vanessa Corless

Office Assistant

Vanessa joined the zoo crew in the fall of 2018.

She has always had a passion for the conservation of animals and their habitats. Vanessa has a background in Biology, English, and Linguistics at UNB Saint John. She is the friendly voice on the phone and the first smile you see at the Zoo, with over 5 years of administrative experience. Since joining the Zoo Vanessa’s heart has been pulled towards the reptile house, more specifically, Bill Murray our Ball python.

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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