Heal the Bay Aquarium

Jimmy Chapman

Aquarium Programs Associate

Jimmy specializes in marine mammal training, aquatic systems maintenance, and husbandry of birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Jimmy has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from California State University, Long Beach, and an Associates of Arts in General Sciences and an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts, with honors, from Santa Monica College.  As Aquarium Programs Associate at Heal the Bay Aquarium, Jimmy supports the education, public programs, and animal care teams. He is a former zookeeper at the Santa Ana Zoo overseeing animals and exhibits, which included Bactrian and Dromedary camels, ocelots, and the Colors of the Amazon Aviary exhibit. From 2004-2020, Chapman held a range of husbandry and education positions, most recently at the Aquarium of the Pacific as Mammalogist III. In this position, he oversaw the Southern sea otter exhibit, worked with California sea lions, harbor seals, lorikeets, penguins, alcids, shorebirds, and amphibians. Jimmy has been a member of SAG AFTRA One Union since 2000, and volunteers with the Little Lion Foundation’s Long Beach Little Paws Project. He loves gardening, everything Hawaii, and everything Janet Jackson.

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