Michael Muhlnickel has the privilege of being our only male technician. He and his wife Erika have three children; Hayden, Harper and Hope. They also are working on their menagerie which currently has 2 dogs, 2 cats, a hedgehog and a bearded dragon. He has worked at Erie Zoo but also has a biology degree and is a licensed science teacher. We are very happy that with all his options he has decided to work with us at Animal Ark.


Many of you will recognize this employee, Kris Wilcox. She started out many years ago as a technician and is now a manager/technician. She loves to travel and take road trips. Spending time with her family and “date nights” with her nieces are high on her list of favorite things to do. She has two little dogs of her own that love to cuddle with her when she is home but since she works multiple jobs that isn’t as often as any of them would like!


Say “Hello” to another one of our receptionists, Suzy. As you can see from the picture she is a fan of Labrador Retrievers! Suzy loves everything outdoors; camping, fishing, 4wheelers. She was born and raised in Erie but love to travel and meet new people along with experiencing new things.


This is Ashley, one of our receptionists.  She has two dogs, Wesley a pitbull/boxer and Molson a miniature schnauzer along with two cats, Cameron and Peanut. Ashley loves to travel, her favorite places have been Cabo San Lucas and New Orleans. Before coming back in Erie, Ashley lived in Buffalo NY and worked at the Hard Rock Cafe. She loved the parks in Niagara Falls and exploring the American Falls Gorge.