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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VICKY ARVELO

Naturalist


From a very young age Vicky had an extreme passion for any and all things involving nature. As with many kids, she grew up watching documentaries on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, and spent countless afternoons chasing creatures of every sort in her backyard. However, she had no ordinary backyard. Vicky’s backyard was a mountainside in a rural, forested area of South America in Venezuela.


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LAUREN DOUBEK

Naturalist


Lauren is a proud Pensacola native and has been with Animal Tales for over a year. She recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation. She cultivated her passion while studying in South Africa for three months in 2017 with a conservation company on wildlife reserves. While there, she was given the opportunity to research habitats, bird diversity, and large mammals for reserve management usage.


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CAMERON MORLEY

Naturalist


Cameron was born in upstate New York, living in a small-town bordering Lake Ontario. For much of his early life he frequented neighboring rivers, fishing for salmon, and catching crawfish. Upon moving to Florida, he instantly discovered a passion for reptiles. Intrigued by the geckos’ nocturnal habits and the scarlet kingsnakes’ batesian mimicry, it didn’t take long for him to study most of the natural wildlife in Florida. His personal research only furthered his interest in reptiles, leading to his first pet purchase of a California kingsnake.


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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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