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Dr. Anne Baker Announces Retirement as Toledo Zoo Executive

Posted Feb 1st, 2012 by Andi Norman  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Toledo, Ohio— Dr. Anne Baker, Executive Director of the Toledo Zoo since 2006, has announced that she will retire by the end of the year.

“I love this Zoo, and I have loved my six years in Toledo. Leaving will be a bittersweet experience,” Dr. Baker said. “My tenure at the Toledo Zoo has been the perfect way to end an interesting and rewarding career, and now I am looking forward to getting on with the next phase of my life,” Dr. Baker said.

Dr. Baker informed the Executive Committee of the Toledo Zoological Society’s Board of Directors of her retirement plans last month and the Board of Directors and Zoo staff this week.

The Executive Committee has begun assembling a search committee and identified the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller of Boston to find a replacement, according to Zac Isaac, Board President.

“Our commitment is to conduct a national search that will bring the very best person to lead the Toledo Zoo in the next phase of its development,” he said.

“Anne has done an outstanding job leading the Zoo the last six years and has made significant contributions during a time of transformation. She oversaw a number of new exhibits; strengthened the Zoo’s dedication to conservation, education, and animal care; increased community outreach and marketing; and is leaving us in a sound financial position. We wish her absolutely the best as she moves on,” Mr. Isaac said.

During her tenure, Dr. Baker oversaw the development of exhibits that are both educational and a source of enjoyment – Amazing Amphibians, the Butterfly Conservation Center, the award-winning Nature’s Neighborhood, and the new “Tembo Trail – Elephants of the Savanna” exhibit which opens in May.

“Our Zoo animals are not only a source of enjoyment for our visitors, in many cases they are reminders of the need to save their wild counterparts. For that reason we adopted a mission statement in 2007 that challenged others to join the Zoo in caring for animals and conserving the natural world.” Dr. Baker said.

Dr. Baker came to Toledo in April 2006 after serving as the Executive Director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. She earned M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland, where her focus was primate ecology and social behavior.

“We have a phenomenal staff that has worked closely as a team. Together, we have built a strong reputation and earned high respect for Toledo throughout the Zoo world. The relationships I have formed with my Zoo colleagues and the rest of the northwest Ohio community have been incredible,” Dr. Baker said.

She intends to move to Maine, where she and her husband have a home, and volunteer with local conservation groups. She also hopes to do some consulting work.

Mr. Isaac said that no specific date has been set for Dr. Baker’s last day, but the Board expects to have the transition completed by the end of the year. Dr. Baker will remain in her position until a new Executive Director is on the job.

The Isaacson, Miller search firm was selected because of its specific experience working with Zoos across the country, he said.

Mr. Isaac indicated that the search committee will consist of members of both the Zoo and Zoo Foundation Board of Directors, plus employee and community representatives.

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