Audra Barrios

Marine Biologist & Owner

Audra has spent the past 11 years working with all types of critters from chimpanzees and jellyfish at various institutions, including the last 6 years as a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences. 

When she's not taking care of critters in captivity, she is looking for them in the wild to learn about their habitats and to photograph them. She is the Reptilia Conservation Officer for Madagascan Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Project. 

She holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

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Anoosh Moutafian (Ani) 

Biologist & Education Director

Ani has been a science educator for over 10 years, teaching in various capacities including at Catalina Island Marine Institute. She has been working to develop our curriculum and teaching strategies for our live animal programs. 

She holds a B.S. in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. You can find her work at


Larry Cox

Educator & Animal Caretaker 

Larry has provided excellent care for our living collection for over two years. He does everything from feeding snakes to trimming lizards nails. When he's not looking after the animals, he is working as an educator, bringing our animal ambassadors to classrooms and birthday parties. He is an avid reptile keeper, breeds ball pythons and has been catching snakes since he was a kid.  He is a father of two children and numerous ball pythons. 


Alyssa Chavez

Animal Caretaker 

Alyssa is part of our animal husbandry team, providing exceptional care for over 200 animals at Lick Your Eyeballs. She prepares diets, feeds and monitors the health of snakes, lizards, frogs and tortoises. She assists in the gecko breeding program collecting eggs, monitors eggs during incubation and raising hatchlings. 


John Hill


John is part of our education team, working with our live animal programs. He is an animal enthusiast who has been keeping reptiles for over 10 years. He loves spending time in nature and seeing animals in the wild. Here he is with a California native garter snake. He is currently working toward a Nursing degree.