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.

Shyanne Polley

Zoo Keeper

Shyanne’s dream was to be a zookeeper since she was a small child and she realized that dream in 1995.

Her love is for the zoo animals, but her first love is for the welfare of dogs. You can find her name listed as the champion for the #1 all breed dog in Canada, with her Irish Setter. Though Shyanne’s passion is for all animals of the wild, she’s partial to big cats, most specifically, the African Lion.

Shane Button

Zoo Keeper

Shane began his career at the zoo in 2001, with several previous years of experience working with reptiles of all species.

Shane has no problem getting his hands dirty, and his sense of adventure finds him in all sorts of memorable situations. When Shane isn’t in the zoo or out in the forest, you can find him with his head in a book learning more about the world around him.

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!

Courtney Granger

Zoo Keeper/Educator

Courtney returned to work at the Cherry Brook Zoo the summer of 2018. Courtney knew her whole life she has wanted to work with animals.

She began her career in zookeeping in 2006 as a student here at the Cherry Brook Zoo. After 3 summers working here, she got at job at African Lion Safari in Ontario, where she worked while earning her zoology degree. After graduating, Courtney worked at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg for 7 years. Now she is back at the Cherry Brook Zoo and excited to share her love of animals with her new role in Education and Outreach.

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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