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Denver Zoo Selects Bert Vescolani as New President & CEO


Twenty-Five-Year Zoo, Nonprofit Industry Veteran to Replace
Interim CEO Denny O'Malley

Following an extensive nationwide search, the Denver Zoological
Foundation Board of Governors announced today the selection of Bert
Vescolani as the new president & CEO of Denver
. Vescolani comes to Denver Zoo following seven years as
president & CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Mo. and
replaces Denny O'Malley, who has served as interim president & CEO since
June 2017. He will assume leadership of the Zoo in mid-September.

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Bert Vescolani will take over leadership of Denver Zoo following seven years as president & CEO of S ...

Bert Vescolani will take over leadership of Denver Zoo following seven years as president & CEO of Saint Louis Science Center. (Photo: Business Wire)

"Bert was chosen to lead Denver Zoo because of his depth and breadth of
experience in both animal care and executive leadership, and for his
tremendous energy and enthusiasm," said Chair of the Denver Zoological
Foundation Sherri Koelbel, who led the search effort. "We have full
confidence that he will uphold our position as a world-class cultural
and conservation organization, and provide strong, steady leadership
through this exciting and pivotal period for the Zoo."

With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, Vescolani
has held numerous leadership positions within scientific and zoological
institutions. Prior to his most recent role at Saint Louis Science
Center, where he led the largest exhibit expansion in its 30-year
history and fundraising efforts focused on capital projects, he served
six years as director of the John Ball Zoological Gardens in Grand
Rapids, Mich., helping the zoo dramatically grow its programs and
exhibits. Before that, Vescolani served in various capacities, from
director of education to senior vice president of aquarium collection
and education, at John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Ill. over 14 years.

"It's a tremendous honor to join the Denver Zoo team and have the
opportunity to contribute to an institution that is so well respected
for its commitment to animal welfare, conservation, education and guest
experience," said Vescolani. "I look forward to helping Denver Zoo reach
its significant potential by fulfilling the long-term master plan,
improving the campus and guest experience, and building on educational
and conservation programs."

A self-described "educator at heart," Vescolani started his career as a
high school science teacher before jumping into higher education at
Northwestern University, where he co-developed and taught a course
focused on nonprofit management in museums, science centers and
zoological settings. At Denver Zoo, he will lead more than 400 employees
and 600 volunteers, oversee the care and management of more than 4,000
animals representing 600 species, and be responsible for the continued
improvement, progression and evolution of Colorado's most-visited
cultural destination.

"We are deeply grateful to Denny for the contributions he made to Denver
Zoo during his 14 months of transitional leadership," said Koelbel.
"Thanks to him the Zoo is in a tremendous position within the community
and industry, and poised for future success."

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About Denver Zoo

Home to more than 4,000 animals, representing 600 species, Denver
is committed to species conservation by bringing science
education to life and providing extraordinary experiences that foster
human and animal connections. It is the most visited cultural
destination in Colorado, serving more than 2 million people per year.
Located in Denver's City Park, the Zoo is a nonprofit organization
accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures
the highest standards of animal care. With the mission to secure a
better world for animals through human understanding, Denver Zoo commits
more than $2 million annually to field conservation for programs around
the world.

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