Holly Bourbon

Holly BourbonAs the Curator of Fishes, my day-to-day responsibilities include managing our staff of Aquarists, making sure that all of the animals under our care are doing well! Those responsibilities include the caring for the variety of animals that live in our new Blacktip Reef exhibit.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Big Farm Animal Veterinarian.

What did you study in school?

How did you get started in your field of work?
Initially started with an internship at New England Aquarium my sophomore year at Mount Holyoke College – worked with African penguins, river otters, head start Kemp’s ridley turtles and the Giant Ocean exhibit.

At the Aquarium

How long have you been at the Aquarium?
Since the Summer of 2012.

I love what I do because...
I enjoy working with animals, managing staff in an efficient manner, and building new programs.

Most memorable moment at the Aquarium
My team’s last dive in Wings in the Water. At that point, I had just been at the Aquarium for a few months; however, the moment was still special to me. There was a lot of history in that exhibit!

Fun Facts

Hometown: Holland, Massachusetts

Favorite Animal:
Sharks! They are misunderstood, beautiful, and yet mysterious creatures.

Three things you never leave home without?

  • Cell phone
  • Keys to house or car (if driving)
  • Water bottle

If you could have lunch with anyone (alive or dead), who would it be?

James Herriot, author/English veterinarian – I wanted to be him as a child.

One lesson you wish you'd learned earlier in life?
To take a step back and evaluate the situation before reacting.

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