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Alan Peters, Curator for Invertebrates and Pollinarium, and Curator for Education for Animal Programs


Alan Peters serves as Curator of the Invertebrate Exhibit and Pollinarium at the National Zoo. His inaugural work at the National Zoo in 1978 was research and, later, education program development in the Reptile House.

He later worked on a team to set up an innovative, permanent exhibit representing a broad array of invertebrate diversity. The Zoo's Invertebrate Exhibit opened in 1987. Alan's work gravitated to the coral tank. Subsequent work drew upon a great interest in leeches and cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish, and nautilus). Alan then led a development team to exhibit a single biological process: pollination. Today's visitors to the Invertebrate Exhibit are led directly into the Pollinarium, which opened in 1996.

Alan’s mission is to help develop and work with a cohesive team in an aquatic and terrestrial facility that inspires people to inquire about, discover, and respect the world we inhabit with the ultimate goal of developing critical thinking and wise use and conservation of our resources and entire ecosystems.

Alan received a B.S. in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A.T. in museum education at George Washington University.