Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Mia Keady

Graduate Student Researcher
B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.S., George Mason University (expected 2020)

Mia Keady is a graduate student researcher at the Center for Conservation Genomics. Keady studies the gut microbiome of captive elephants and the relationship to major health concerns in captivity. She is interested in how microorganisms affect the reproductive biology and overall well-being of elephants.

Keady's projects include:

  • Elephant gut microbiome study
Keady earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 2014, and is currently working on her master’s degree at the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University.