Audra Barrios, Biologist & Owner

It was live animals that sparked her love for the natural world, which is why she created the Lick Your Eyeballs live animal program. The goal is to get people excited about animals that are normally overlooked. 

Audra has spent the past 11 years working with reptiles and amphibians (as well as chimpanzees and jellyfish) at various institutions, including the last 5 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. 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.  

Audra with a chameleon in madagascar. 

Audra with a chameleon in madagascar. 

 
Ani with Darwin. 

Ani with Darwin. 

Anoosh Moutafian

Education Director  

Ani holds a B.S. in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz and is a children's book illustrator currently earning an M.F.A. from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. You can find her work at anooshbooks.com

She has been teaching in various capacities for over 10 years, including at Catalina Island Marine Institute. Currently, her favorite reptile is the white-throated monitor (Varanus albigularis albigularis).

 

 

 

Fan'na Akins, Educator

Fan'na has worked professionally with hundreds of species of reptiles, amphibians and fishes over the last 12 years. She has a 7-year-old son and loves working with children. She has an incredible knowledgeable of captive care and breeding of numerous reptiles. 

Fan'na & Emily. 

Fan'na & Emily.