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Tony Barthel

Curator, Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails

  • Oversees all aspects of Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails
  • Has worked at the Zoo for more than 11 years
  • Previously worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tony Barthel is the National Zoo’s curator of Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails. In this position, 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.

Background

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.