Our Naturalists


Knowledgeable Naturalists, amazing animals, and a premium experience every time.
Learn more about each member of our Southeast team below:


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JARED BAKER

“U.S. Director/Founder”


Jared was born and raised in Mayfield, Kentucky where he now lives with his wife Christy and three daughters, Lily, Sarah & Leah. Jared holds a B.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a Masters in Environmental Education both from Murray State University. Jared also graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a Masters of Business Administration…


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JOHN HAM

Southeast Owner/Director


John was born in Pensacola, Florida and lived most of his childhood and teenage years in Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama. He began working at the Birmingham Zoo at the age of 16 being assigned to both the Children’s Zoo and Bird departments.


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RACHEL HAM

LCSW/ Creative Consultant


Social work and therapy may be Rachel’s main focus but volunteering behind the scenes with Animal Tales is an endeavor that she is incredibly passionate about. Whether it be through administrative tasks or maintaining animal care and training regimens, Rachel is always there to lend a helping hand. Check out her art in our “Creatures of the Galaxy” program or say “hello!” if you catch her at a demo!


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