Melanie Parker

Volunteer Program & Primate Pal Program Coordinator

Melanie Parker, the PRC’s Volunteer Program Coordinator and Primate Pal Coordinator, grew up caring for horses, cows, and goats on a farm in Lewisport, KY. She has been a member of the PRC staff since June 2006, and worked as a primate caregiver for the first thirteen years before shifting her focus to the Volunteer and Primate Pal programs. Melanie graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and she previously worked in the Education Department at the Louisville Zoo. One of Melanie’s favorite aspects of her job is teaching new volunteers about the primates who live at the sanctuary, as well as capturing beautiful photographs of the primate residents to share with those who sponsor them through our Primate Pal program.