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Mr. Bill Baker

Director

Abilene Ag

HQ Phone: (915) 673-4587

Email: b***@***.com

The Abilene Zoo

Abilene Ag

401 Cypress Suite 110

Abilene, Texas 79601

United States

Company Description

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Background Information

Employment History

Contributor
Abilene Reporter-News

Curator for Hoof Stock
Zoo

Manager, Maned Wolf Survival Program
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Practice Manager
Safe Haven Veterinary Hospital

Affiliations

Board Member
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Education

Bachelor of Science
Wildlife Management
West Texas State University

bachelor of science degree
wildlife management
West Texas A&M University

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"This new addition provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Wetlands conservation and the efforts to support these animals in the wild," noted Abilene Zoo Director Bill Baker.


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Abilene Zoo Director Bill Baker announces resignation


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Abilene Zoo Director Bill Baker abruptly stepped down Friday, citing personal reasons for his departure.

His immediate resignation came less than two weeks before the zoo learns whether it will be reaccredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and 11 months after the AZA tabled the zoo's accreditation.
The city of Abilene announced Baker's resignation, effective immediately, in a news release.
City Manager Larry Gilley and Baker were unavailable for comment.
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In the release, Baker was quoted as saying, "The past three years have been an exciting time for me here in Abilene, and during that time, I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to the growth and welfare of the Abilene Zoo."
In an e-mail Baker sent Wednesday to the Reporter-News, he gave no indication of his departure and stated concerns identified by the AZA have "either been addressed or are being addressed at this time" and that the city had submitted a written response to AZA concerns last week.
"Currently," Baker said in the e-mail, "we're expediting the construction of the veterinary clinic, adding additional fencing at the Adventure Center and supplementing the existing locking mechanisms for the jaguar and lion night houses."
Baker also talked of plans to meet with the AZA Accreditation Commission on March 4 in Virginia Beach, Va., and "submit a final verbal report and receive a decision on the zoo's accreditation."
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Baker started as director of the Abilene Zoo on Aug. 21, 2007, after serving as curator of hoofed mammals and tropical birds at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. In Little Rock, he was one of five curators. He took over for Jeff Bullock, who left Abilene to become assistant director at the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina.
While the zoo remained the top tourist attraction in Abilene during Baker's tenure, the pace of construction on new exhibits at the Abilene Zoo, in addition to Baker keeping his own cougar on the premises, ruffled the feathers of some.
Although Baker is gone, his cougar will remain at the zoo - at least for a while.
"Currently the cougar, Phoenix, is on loan to the Abilene Zoo until the time comes that Mr. Baker decides to place him elsewhere," Wright said.
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During his Abilene stint, Baker also found himself being criticized for how he handled and terminated employees.
Last March, the former curator of the zoo, Diane Longenecker, filed a criminal complaint against Baker with the Abilene Police Department.
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Police investigated and decided against filing charges against Baker.

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