Juan Sabalones

Senior Operations Manager

Juan is tasked with overseeing life support, building maintenance functions, and special Center-wide projects. He has been instrumental in assembling and managing a talented staff at the ASLC to deal with pipes, pumps, filters, general maintenance, and special projects. 

Juan earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Connecticut. Part of the team that opened the National Aquarium in Baltimore, he eventually became  the Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates. He then served as the Director of Husbandry at the Newport Aquarium, the Director of Husbandry at the Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City, Live Exhibits Manager for Bass Pro Inc., a Life Support Systems Specialist at the Maryland Zoo, an Aquarium Systems Troubleshooter for Pecan Grove Solutions, a Quality Control Specialist for the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia, a Life Support Systems Specialist for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, an Aquatic System Field Technician for Reef Tectonics in Omaha, Nebraska and finally in 2021 as our Senior Operations Manager.

Juan has been involved as an advisor to the Zoological Association of America, served as the aquatic life support systems advisor to the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group's (OSG) Otters in Captivity Task Force, developed and established the "Aquatic Systems Management Workshop”, is an author as a contributor in AZA's "Otter Care Manual" and an author in “The Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual”, and among other things served as an aquarium expert for the AZA course Creating Successful Exhibits panel discussion in 2014 and 2015.