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Philadelphia Zoo Appoints New Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Philadelphia Zoo Appoints New Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
New Leadership Position Will Integrate Multiple New Projects

Philadelphia PA (August 7, 2017) -- Philadelphia Zoo announced today that  Douglas Bohr has been named Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, a newly-created leadership position that will support the integration of the Zoo’s upcoming site master plan, strategic plan and capital campaign. With ambitious plans for the future, Bohr will play a central role in integrating these major initiatives across Zoo departments, helping ensure strong planning and execution.

“We look forward to Doug contributing greatly to the strategic planning process, particularly around neighborhood engagement, transit opportunities and impact research across several Zoo departments. He will also play a key role in cross-departmental integration and preparation for the upcoming capital campaign geared toward reimagining our campus and strengthening our impact. We are delighted to have Doug join our Zoo team as we embark on this exciting and transformative time,” says Vik Dewan, President and CEO.
Prior to joining the Zoo, Bohr served as Director of the Philadelphia Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts where he focused primarily on Pew’s support for arts and culture.  He served as Pew’s direct liaison to the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, which through its funding programs for exhibitions and public interpretation, performance and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, aims to stimulate a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia by supporting  programs marked by excellence, imagination and courage, and connecting them to a broad spectrum of audiences.
Bohr also oversaw the Pew’s Support for Regional Culture strategy which commissioned research on audience engagement; promoted learning and collaboration among the region’s culture sector, and; supported the development and implementation of new tools to help cultural organizations more effectively build relationships with audiences. Prior to Pew, Bohr was the Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the exhibitions and artist-in-residence programs, and served as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University.

“I am thrilled to join one of the most respected and innovative institutions in the country,” says Doug Bohr, VP for Strategic Initiatives. “In this new role, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the ambitious work of the talented and dedicated team at the Zoo and to have a positive impact on animals, people and our shared environment, both near and far.”  

About Philadelphia Zoo:
Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new baby western lowland gorilla, giraffes, hippos, polar bear, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore a 42 acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like KeyBank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and KidZooU, a wildlife academy that offers dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences. Philadelphia Zoo is the second highest ticketed attraction in Philadelphia, one of the region's foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Zoo welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors last year. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org. Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.