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A headshot of Peggy Sloan in front of Shedd's historic bronze doors.

Peggy Sloan

Chief Animal Operations Officer

Peggy Sloan oversees Shedd’s commitment to its animals, ensuring that world-class care is at the foundation of everything the aquarium does.


M.S., marine biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.S., environmental science, Stockton University

“Connecting people with animals is a privilege and a pleasure. When we successfully create moments of wonder and awe, and if these translate to curiosity, compassion and conservation, then we’re making a difference for our natural world.”

In her role as Chief Animal Operations Officer, Sloan oversees what makes the aquarium unique among cultural attractions—our living treasures. Working with talented animal experts—our care team, behavior specialists and veterinarians—she leads the integration of animal care into all aspects of Shedd operations.

From coral polyps to beluga whales, Sloan is fascinated by animals. She loves working alongside passionate professionals to expand the community of humans who value and respect our natural world.

In addition to her role at Shedd, Sloan is also serving as chair of the board of directors of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The aquarium’s leading professional association, the AZA advances the highest standards of animal care and welfare through a rigorous accreditation process. Encompassing 7,000 individual members and 232 accredited aquariums and zoos, the AZA forms an impactful coalition working toward a future where all people value, respect and protect wildlife and wild places.

Before coming to Shedd, Sloan served as director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. She served on the steering committee for the Aquarium Conservation Partnership and steering committee for Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. She has received numerous awards for outstanding service through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the North Carolina Aquariums created a professional-development scholarship for women in honor of Sloan to recognize and encourage future leaders in animal care and conservation.

Sloan holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental science from Stockton University and a master’s of science in marine biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.