SUAMICO (NBC 26) — The current director of the NEW Zoo is retiring from his position.
The NEW Zoo said in a statement online that the director of the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, Neil Anderson, will be retiring from the Zoo this summer.
Anderson first arrived at the Zoo in 1992. One of his first goals, the Zoo says, was to earn accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) within five years. The AZA is a nationwide organization that sets the highest standards of animal care in the industry.
With Anderson’s guidance, the NEW Zoo said it became accredited within just four years, first earning the title in 1996. The Zoo has maintained that accreditation for over 25 years.
“I’m proud of the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park’s many accomplishments over the last three decades,” Anderson said in the Zoo's statement. “It’s been an honor to serve the people of northeastern Wisconsin and to see how our community has been so supportive over the years. I’m grateful to our visitors and our donors, and also want to thank all our past and present NEW Zoological Society Board Members who’ve helped us become the world-class facility that we are.”
Anderson says his time in the zoo industry has provided him with incredible experiences that he’ll never forget.