Tory has always had a passion for animals. She began volunteering at the local animal shelter in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas when she was a teenager. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduation, she worked at a chimpanzee sanctuary for over three years helping care for over 200 chimpanzees that were retired from government owned labs. In 2016, Tory made the move to Kansas City, Missouri to work with chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo. In 2018, she joined the elephant team at the zoo. Tory has two cats, Bailey and Murphy.