WACO, TX — Manda Butler is Cameron Park Zoo’s first female General Curator in the Zoo’s 27-year history. Butler began working at the cafe and gift shop in her sophomore year of high school.
In the summer of 1995, Butler began volunteering in the petting zoo and in 1997, started working for the City of Waco as a keeper in the petting zoo area.
From Spring of 1998, she began working training with elephants and eventually was trained in every area of the mammal department until 2009.
In August of 2009, she was promoted to Animal Care Supervisor of Mammals where she remained until March 2020 when she was named General Curator.
She replaces Johnny Binder who was recently named Deputy Director of Cameron Park Zoo.