CEO of Living Desert Leaving
Photo: Image by Courtesy: The Living Desert
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LIVING DESERT -
The Living Desert announced today the departure of Stacey Johnson, who after serving as president and CEO of the zoo and botanical garden for four years has accepted a position with San Diego Zoo Global.
“Stacey’s expertise came at a pivotal point for The Living Desert,” said Roger Snoble, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Living Desert. “We are extremely proud of the progress Stacey has made at The Living Desert. He will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience to San Diego Zoo Global.”
In 2010, under Stacey Johnson’s tenure, the park opened the Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center, a 3,600 square foot green-designed building that inspires the discovery of the desert with hand-on exhibits. In 2011, Johnson was instrumental in bringing a female jaguar to The Living Desert. The zoo has since added a male. In 2012, “Wildlife on Wheels” was added, which brings The Living Desert animals to schools and other locations.
“Stacey is joining a terrific organization and leaving behind a legacy that has positioned The Living Desert as a world-class zoo that will continue to flourish,” added Snoble.
The Living Desert was established in 1970 as a 360-acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in one entire ecosystem.
“There is simply no other zoo like The Living Desert, and my time here has been magical,” said Johnson, who also serves as the Species Survival Plan Coordinator and Jaguar Studbook Keeper for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “I am proud of what the team and I have accomplished here, and I trust that The Living Desert is ready for the next growth phase. It is an absolute honor to work at both The Living Desert and San Diego Zoo Global. I am looking forward to another new opportunity to transform my passion for animal care and wildlife conservation into something meaningful and exciting for the public.”
San Diego Zoo Global is an international conservation organization that has been saving species for over 95 years with a mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation. In his new role as Director of Collections, Johnson will be responsible for the organization’s Zoological Collection and oversee how exhibitions support the organization’s overall education and conservation mission.
Johnson will remain at The Living Desert through January 2014, during the search for a successor, which will begin immediately.
For more information about The Living Desert visit www.livingdesert.org.