Niabi Zoo Hires New Assistant Zoo Director Print
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:05
Coal Valley, IL – October 22, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it has hired a new Assistant Zoo Director to fill the vacancy left by the promotion of Marc Heinzman.

Dan Meates has been hired as Niabi Zoo’s Assistant Zoo Director – Animal Programs. In this position, Mr. Meates will directly oversee the zoo’s animal collection and its animal keeper staff. Meates has most recently worked at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, an AZA-accredited zoo in West Yellowstone, Montana, as the Animal Care Manager. Prior to that, he served as a Curator at Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, and as a Curator at Wellington Zoo in Wellington, New Zealand.

The vacant Assistant Zoo Director position was reclassified from overseeing marketing and events to overseeing the animal department. This move was done in response to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums expressing Niabi Zoo’s need for this type of position.

“We’re very excited to have Dan join the Niabi Zoo team,” said Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “His experience and strong knowledge of the zoo field will undoubtedly prove invaluable as Niabi Zoo continues to grow and improve. I’m positive Dan will be a key player as we work towards our accreditation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”

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