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2008-02-25: Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

The Chairman and Directors of the Board of the Johannesburg Zoo are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Stephen van der Spuy as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Johannesburg Zoo with effect from 1 March 2008.

Dr Van Der Spuy is a veterinarian with many years of experience working with animals, as well as the administration of animal facilities. Dr. Van Der Spuy owned and managed the Exotic Animal Clinic at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic hospital of the University of Pretoria prior to being appointed as the Manager of Montecasino Bird Park. He then joined the Johannesburg Zoo in 2004 as the Executive Manager of the Animal Department. He is actively involved in several conservation projects such as the Wattled Crane Recovery Programme and the frog-breeding project at the Johannesburg Zoo. He is on the Board of the Ground Hornbill conservation project. Dr Van Der Spuy has assisted the Jane Goodall Institute in Chimpanzee rescue operations in various African countries.

The Board welcomes Dr Van Der Spuy as the new Chief Executive officer and we wish him all the best in continuing the development of the Zoo.