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Steve Burns Announcement

We have a bittersweet announcement to share. After 20 years serving as Zoo Boise Director and Executive Director of the Friends of Zoo Boise, Steve Burns has accepted a position to lead the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During his tenure, Burns has helped to transform Zoo Boise and turn the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action with positive impacts across the globe. His most recent accomplishments include spearheading the successful Zoo with a New View Capital Campaign, which raised $8.9 million to build a new 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit at Zoo Boise.

“Steve Burns has helped transform Zoo Boise into the state-of-the-art zoo it is today,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We are sad to see him go, but will continue to promote the educational and conservation missions Steve has worked to develop and champion here in the Boise Valley and beyond. We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

The City of Boise is launching a nationwide search for a new Zoo Boise director.