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.

Cortney Richards

Zoo Keeper

Cortney is our newest addition to the team, starting in September 2016. She had 4 years of experience in veterinary medicine before coming to the zoo.

Her interests are animal rehabilitation, medicine, and nutrition. Cortney grew up with horses, and has always wanted to start a career in the field of zoology

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.

Alicia Morrell

Office Assistant / Zoo Keeper

Alicia started as a volunteer in 2015 and has been working with the zoo since 2016.

Alicia loves animals of all species and has a strong passion for learning about them, caring for them, and helping them. She has completed her Biology degree from UNB in 2017, and is aspiring to work in the field of Veterinary Medicine someday. She is also an artist and loves to draw and paint, and you may see her work featured in our event posters as well as our new logo.


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