Erica Hornbrook

Collection Manager

Erica Hornbrook is an expert in animals from the Amazon region, especially freshwater stingrays and caiman lizards. Erica is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums where she is the program leader for freshwater rays, the studbook keeper for caiman lizards, bigtoothed river, ocellated, tiger river and white-blotched river stingrays, and the SSP coordinator for three of the four species. She also serves on the AZA steering committee for the Freshwater Fish Taxon Advisory Group. Erica received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and geology from the University of Iowa and conducted post-graduate work in geology at Bowling Green State University.

 

Erica Hornbrook, Senior Aquarist
I love the tiger stingrays. I think they are so beautiful, and they are also a challenge. Most other freshwater stingray species we know how to breed and what works best for their husbandry. This species we still haven't worked everything out for yet, and I like a challenge and the opportunity to keep learning and growing.