The Boise Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Zoo Boise are proud to announce the appointment of the next director of Zoo Boise and executive director of Friends of Zoo Boise, Gene Peacock.
Mr. Peacock has worked in the zoo industry for almost 30 years. He got his start as a zoo keeper at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has since held positions as a zookeeper, area manager and zoo director at zoos across the country.
Most recently, Peacock worked as the executive director of the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in Texas.
“Gene is passionate about animals and has a strong vision for the future of Zoo Boise,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “His leadership style and background will take Zoo Boise to a whole new level. We are very excited for him to join our Parks and Recreation team.”
The new Zoo Boise director will also lead the non-profit organization Friends of Zoo Boise and continue the zoo’s philanthropic and conservation goals.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Peacock to Boise and know he will further the zoo’s conservation efforts across the globe,” said Alisha Palmer, Friends of Zoo Boise board president. “His knowledge and experience working in zoos across the country will bring a fresh perspective to Zoo Boise and we believe his vision will help Friends of Zoo Boise make an even bigger impact going forward.”
Gene Peacock will officially start his new role mid-March.
Zoo Boise, located in Julia Davis Park, is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.