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Zoo Atlanta forms new Diversity Committee

Zoo Atlanta announces the formation of a new Board of Directors committee that will be focused specifically on one of its core values. The new Diversity and Inclusion Committee will take Zoo Atlanta’s existing commitment to equal opportunities to a new level by identifying exciting new ways to incorporate diversity across all aspects of the organization.

“Zoo Atlanta has for many years held diversity as one of the core values that defines who we are as an organization and as an internal culture. As an organization that also deeply values innovation, it is important that we not merely capitalize on our strengths, but that we also proactively seek out opportunities to become even stronger in those areas,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are excited to be taking a new step forward in promoting inclusion as a hallmark of everything we do at Zoo Atlanta.”

Launched in summer 2019, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will aid the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities as they relate to diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility. Areas of focus will include but will not be limited to the Zoo’s commitment as an equal opportunity employer and its commitment to meeting its supplier diversity goals. Members of the committee will also leverage their own networks to facilitate introductions to diverse suppliers and individuals interested in advancing the Zoo’s mission.

“Diversity is at the heart of Zoo Atlanta’s organizational values. The Zoo constantly upholds and seeks to foster a culture of continuous improvement in its talent development, business opportunities and relationship with its community,” said John Ripoll, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Southeast Region, Wells Fargo Private Bank and Chair of the Zoo’s Board of Directors. “I am very proud to see Zoo Atlanta take such a proactive step in taking these values to the next level with the incorporation of this important new committee.”

Zoo Atlanta’s 2019 Board of Directors is composed of 37 members and includes some of metro Atlanta’s most influential corporate executives, community influencers and philanthropic leaders. Board members are elected for three-year terms. A list of members may be found on zooatlanta.org.


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About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, home to more than 70 species in the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian complex. Experiences include behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African lions, Aldabra giant tortoises, giant pandas and lemurs. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper Talks, interactive wildlife presentations, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

Coming later this summer: the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats. The African Savanna is part of the Zoo’s landmark Grand New View transformation. Future elements include Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination, and a new grand entry plaza, opening in early 2020. For more on the Zoo’s mission and conservation programs and partnerships, visit zooatlanta.org/conservation or download the 2018 conservation report, Beyond the Zoo.

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