Sara Mandel is the aviculturist (bird expert) in charge of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat.
Because she cares for the penguins on a daily basis, she has grown very knowledgeable about each of the penguins and their different personalities, preferences, relationships, and quirks. She regularly appears on web chats and answers questions for those who view the penguins via live webcams. Mandel has been featured in national and local media. She started in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department in 2006 and joined the husbandry department in 2010. She is the lead aviculturist for the Aquarium’s Guam kingfishers and also works with the shorebirds, lorikeets, amphibians, and program animals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.