The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
has named a new Executive Director.
John Wright, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has accepted the position and is anticipated to start Monday, March 7, 2011.
Mr. Wright will join the New York State Zoo from his previous position as General Curator, at the Hattiesburgh Zoo in Mississippi.
Previous employment held by Mr. Wright includes:
- Disney Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL
- Birmingham Zoo, Baltimore, MD
- Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, MO
Mr. Wright has served in related organizations, Associated Member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (1997-present), Member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (1993-present), National Audubon Society (2006-present). He also has numerous publications on zoo and conservation topics.
Mr. Wright will be moving to the community with his wife and young daughter.
Replacing Dr. John Scott Foster as Executive Director of the New York State Zoo, Mr. Wright is anticipated to be a good addition to our local Zoo.
Dr. Foster left the organization in November 2010 after accepting the position of Executive Director with the Wesselman Nature Society in Evansville, Indiana.