Visit the Zoo with Karina

Did you know that Answers in Genesis has two zoos at its attractions? The Eden Zoo at the Creation Museum and the Ararat Ridge Zoo at the Ark Encounter currently house about 200 animals!

Get to know some of these animals as you visit the zoo with Karina!

Karina Altman

Karina with Luna the Eurasian Eagle Owl

Karina Altman is the Zoo Content Manager at Answers in Genesis. She oversees all the animal programs as well as content writing, outreach, social media, and tours. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she earned her BS in marine biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She also holds an MA in biology from Miami University. She is currently pursuing her EdD in educational leadership from Liberty University. Since 2007, Karina has worked with a variety of animals in zoos and aquariums across the USA. Since she joined our team of zookeepers in 2015, Karina has become a speaker for the ministry, written articles for Answers magazine and the AiG websites, cowrote Awesome Facts About Animals, and shown amazing creatures to tens of thousands of visitors to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

Interested in learning more? Check out Karina's blog to get a glimpse into the adventures of our animal care staff!

Visit the Zoo with Karina Articles

  • June 28, 2023

    Named for their unique calls, laughing kookaburras are the largest of the ~120 species in the kingfisher created kind.

  • Jan. 3, 2023

    What’s not a goat or a sheep, but belongs to the goat-sheep created kind? The aoudad (pronounced OW-dad) sheep!

  • July 22, 2022

    With their huge claws, beady eyes, and venomous stingers, Asian forest scorpions may at first appear to be the stuff of nightmares.

  • April 7, 2022

    Our two African gray parrots at the Ark Encounter have learned to mimic the sounds they hear and enjoy watching people’s reactions.

  • Feb. 14, 2022

    African spurred tortoises are naturally very friendly and have big personalities.

  • Jan. 12, 2022

    Al-pac-a your bags and head on over to our zoos to meet some of the world’s fluffiest animals – alpacas!

  • Jan. 4, 2022

    Zookeeping is a lot of hard work, especially in the beginning when you’re just entering the field.

  • Oct. 27, 2021

    Perhaps no animal is more quintessentially Australian than the world’s largest marsupial, the red kangaroo!

  • Sept. 16, 2021

    Every day is “Hump Day” when you’re a camel! The Ararat Ridge Zoo is home to a caravan of dromedary camels.

  • Sept. 8, 2021

    African crested porcupines are usually peaceful creatures.

  • Aug. 30, 2021

    African crowned cranes have a six-foot wingspan and are one of only two species of cranes capable of perching in trees.