Press release: Pueblo Zoo Executive Director Resigns

August 5, 2015

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Abigail Krause, Director of Marketing and Communications           

561-1452 ext. 102;  akrause@pueblozoo.org

 

Pueblo Zoo Executive Director Resigns    

Stephanie Stowell To Take Position at Denver Zoo

 

PUEBLO, Colo. (August 5, 2015) The Board of Directors of the Pueblo Zoological Society has regretfully accepted the resignation of Stephanie Stowell as the Executive Director of the Pueblo Zoo effective September 28, 2015.

 

Stowell has led the Pueblo Zoo for three years. Under her leadership, the organization has strengthened its reach and impacts in the community welcoming more than 100,000 guests through the zoo gates in a single year (2014), opening its first new large scale exhibit in more than seven years (African painted dogs) which has resulted in an additional 20% increase in attendance, and increasing member households to more than 1600.  The zoo has also increased access to community members by offering free admission through an innovative partnership with the Pueblo City County Library District and the “Check out the Zoo” program.

 

The zoo’s financial status has also improved greatly with revenue increasing by 25% during Stowell’s tenure with contributions and grants more than doubling.

 

Of the Pueblo Zoo staff and volunteers, Stowell, in a written statement, said, “I am tremendously proud of the significant accomplishments that this team of committed professionals has made over the past three years and am grateful to them and the Board of Directors for their inspired leadership. It is nothing short of miraculous to reflect upon how far we have come in such a short time. “

 

A transition plan is being created by the Pueblo Zoological Society Board of Directors and senior staff and they will work closely with the staff on day to day operations, financial management and program administration.

 

Board President, Desi Vial, conveyed, “The Board of Directors is saddened by the departure of Stephanie Stowell as Executive Director of the Pueblo Zoo. We are grateful to Stephanie for her excellent leadership and commend her for the many accomplishments she has achieved during her tenure. The Board has tremendous confidence in the staff and will be working closely with them to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Despite the change in leadership, we will continue to move forward with opening the DeBrazza’s monkey exhibit adjacent to the newly opened African painted dog exhibit. We also look forward to continuing to work with our community to continue long-range strategic and master planning.”

 

Stowell leaves the Pueblo Zoo to join the Denver Zoo as Vice President of Learning Experiences.

 

 

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