Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Tony Barthel, Curator, Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails


Tony Barthel is the National Zoo’s curator of Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails. He oversees all daily aspects of the management of the animal collection in these exhibits, including husbandry, diet, coordinating veterinary care, animal training, enrichment programs, maintenance, and USDA preparedness.

Barthel came to the Zoo in 2002, after working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where he participated in exhibit design and animal collection. Prior to that position, Barthel worked as an animal keeper at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as an animal keeper at the Baltimore Zoo.

Barthel holds a B.A. in biology from Valparaiso University. He is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.