Debbie Zombeck was named Curator of Birds for the North Carolina Zoo in June of 2009. She is responsible for overseeing the management of all of the birds at the zoo, as well as acquisition and disposition of birds for the zoo’s collection. In addition, she is responsible for the general supervision of operations for the R.J. Reynolds Forest Aviary Exhibit, two off-exhibit Avian Propagation and Holding Facilities and the RJR/Nabisco Rocky Coast Seabird and Bald Eagle exhibits.
Debbie is a native of Cleveland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, as well as her Master of Science degree in Biology, from Kent State University in Ohio. She worked for six and one-half years as an aviculturist at Sea World of Florida before coming to the North Carolina Zoo to work as an Animal Management Supervisor for the previously mentioned avian exhibits. She served in this capacity for 16 years before becoming Curator of Birds.
Debbie has served previously as the Vice Chair of the Charadriiformes Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. She is now on the steering committee for this group and is currently working on completing the Alcid Husbandry Manual for the TAG. It will serve as a resource for zoos that have alcids (puffins, auklets, murres, etc.) in their current collections, as well as zoos opening up new alcid exhibits.
To contact Debbie Zombeck:
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, North Carolina