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National Aquarium Promotes Allison Ginsburg to Curator of Marine Mammals


The National Aquarium is pleased to announce that Allison Ginsburg has been named the organization’s curator of marine mammals. Ginsburg has been a member of the National Aquarium’s marine mammal team for seven years, most recently as the manager of dolphin training.

As curator of marine mammals, Ginsburg will be responsible for overseeing the care, training and enrichment of the Aquarium’s marine mammal collection to ensure that the highest standards of animal care are provided and maintained. She will develop and carry out project budgets and educational programs and work to maintain a healthy marine mammal animal collection that is capable of delighting customers on a daily basis.

“Allison has worked closely with us for seven years and is is highly deserving of this promotion,” said Brent Whitaker, Vice President of Biological Programs. “She knows our animals, our guests and how to balance the needs of both, while continuously engaging her colleagues, researchers, staff and guests with top quality care that we insist upon for all of our animals at the National Aquarium.”

Ginsburg has nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of marine mammal training and supervision. Prior to the National Aquarium, she worked with the marine mammals at Ocean World in the Dominican Republic. Prior to Ocean World, Ginsburg served at four other aquariums across the country as the lead marine mammal trainer.

Ginsburg earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.