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Director of City Zoos

Phone: (718) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
United States

Company Description: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild lands. WCS does so through careful science, international conservation, education, and the...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Zoo
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Zoo
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Zoo
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Denver Zoo
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Denver Zoo

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Master's degree , architecture
    University of Michigan
  • Bachelor's degree , architecture
    University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. , environment and behavior
    Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture.
  • Ph.D. , environment and behavior
    Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
153 Total References
Web References
Team The National Elephant Center
www.nationalelephantcenter.org, 16 July 2014 [cached]
Craig Piper VICE CHAIR Director of City Zoos & Central Park Zoo | Wildlife Conservation Society
News for Florida animal advocates » Blog Archive » Bullhooks: bad for elephants, not welcome in St. Lucie County!
www.blog.animalrightsflorida.org, 3 July 2014 [cached]
Speaking before the commission, Craig Piper, Vice Chair of the National Elephant Center's Board of Directors, said that bullhooks are "terrible" tools in the wrong hands, but he argued that bullhooks could be used appropriately.
Denver Zoo: News Room
www.denverzoo.org [cached]
DENVER ZOO PRESIDENT CRAIG PIPER APPOINTED TO VISIT DENVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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He is a fantastic addition to our Denver Zoo team and it's great to have him back," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
A Denver native, Aucone's career comes full-circle with his return to Denver Zoo. Beginning his career as an intern in Denver Zoo's Tropical Discovery facility, he quickly grew into a leader in the field of animal care.
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Major Cauch reminds us that the zoo is a great place for animal lovers of all ages" says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
A Colorado native, Major Cauch began his career in 1935 with the National Guard and joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He was honored for his service in World War II with two Bronze Stars and for his service in the Korean War with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
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She will certainly be missed by us all," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
Voda had been under veterinary care for renal disease. Over the last few days zookeepers and vets saw Voda take a turn for the worse as she began to refuse food. When she would eat, she was not able to keep it down.
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DENVER ZOO PRESIDENT CRAIG PIPER APPOINTED TO VISIT DENVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Denver Zoo President and CEO Craig Piper has been elected to the board of VISIT DENVER. Piper brings a history of tourism and convention experience to the board, largely from his experience at Denver Zoo, the region's top visited paid cultural attraction.
"This is an important commitment to me. Denver is an amazing city and I am proud to share it with the millions of tourists and convention delegates that make this city their destination of choice," Piper says.
Governed by a board of directors, VISIT DENVER is a private, nonprofit trade association that is responsible for marketing metro Denver as a convention and leisure destination. The organization employs a staff of more than 60 professionals.
Piper began his career at Denver Zoo 13 years ago as the Director of Education & Volunteer Services. Holding a dual degree in Architecture and Zoology, Piper moved from the head of the Zoo's Education Department to the newly created position of Vice President for Planning & Capital Projects in 2000. In 2005, Piper was again promoted to Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. He became the President and CEO of Denver Zoo in 2007.
During his tenure Piper has managed the design and construction of the Zoo's Millennium Master Plan, including the award-winning Predator Ridge exhibit, new entrance, new parking garage, Congo Basin exhibit and the Conservation Carousel. Piper also oversaw the strategic development of the Education & Volunteer Services Department's staff and programs, significantly expanding the breadth and scope of services provided.
Piper is well known and respected in the zoo community and he is a Professional Fellow of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). He currently serves as Vice Chair for AZA's Board of Regents and Vice Chair of AZA's Board of Ethics. Previously, he has served as Chair, AZA Conference Committee (2005-2006); Chair, AZA Conference Management Committee (2002-2004); Member, AZA Trends Committee (2001-2004); Chair, AZA Regional Conference Task Force (1999-2002); Member, AZA Honors And Awards Committee (1999-2002); Member, AZA Public Education Committee (1988-1994); and Instructor, AZA Continuing Education Schools, "Creating Successful Exhibits" Course (2000-present). Piper also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The National Elephant Center, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and conservation of elephants, and as a member of the board for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
Piper holds a Bachelor of Science degree with studies in Architecture and Zoology from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in environmental design and museum planning and programming.
Prior to joining Denver Zoo, Piper practiced his ambidextrous zoo/architecture skills at Zoo Atlanta as the Assistant Curator of Education, Exhibit Coordinator and Curator of Exhibits/Coordinator for Environmental Design Research. However, his first zoo positions began as internships, where in his early years he served as a volunteer and intern for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Detroit Zoo.
Piper is married to Marilyn Donohoe Piper and has three beautiful and talented daughters.
Denver Zoo: News Room - 2009
www.denverzoo.org [cached]
"Asian Tropics will fulfill two of our most important goals," noted Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
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Mayor John Hickenlooper, Denver Zoo President and CEO Craig Piper and a 250-pound sea lion named Gidget today announced a significant milestone in the city's sustainability efforts.
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Zoo President Craig Piper, sea lion Gidget, Zookeeper Jessica Jenkins and Mayor Hickenlooper talk about the zoo's environmental performance.
In addition to the Denver Zoo, the City & County of Denver's departments of Environmental Health, Public Works, Mayor's Office (including Greenprint Denver), General Services, and Theatres & Arenas Division have certified their Environmental Management Systems through the comprehensive, internationally-recognized ISO-14001 independent accreditation process.
"We are so fortunate to live in a city where sustainable practices are valued so greatly," said Piper.
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Whether it's supporting conservation, joining as a member or volunteer or participating in an educational program, it's the people who continue to support us year after year that must be thanked for making 2008 such a tremendous year," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
"Every visit helps us provide the very best care for our animals and generates resources necessary to offer innovative education programs for students throughout Colorado and neighboring states and to conduct research and conservation programs in the Front Range and around the globe," noted Piper.
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It's their dedication and passion for conservation that is helping us inspire and teach so many to appreciate animals and protect them for future generations," Piper says.
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We want Denver Zoo to be a fabulous place for families to share in the wonders of wildlife," says Piper.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and ...
www.denverzoo.org, 5 Dec 2011 [cached]
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper announced a multimillion dollar partnership between the zoo and regional Toyota dealers to sponsor the zoo's new 10-acre exhibit for Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos and Malayan Tapirs.
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Toyota's commitment to protecting the environment through their own operations and innovative products makes them a great fit with Denver Zoo's cutting edge work in global conservation and sustainable business practices," noted Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
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There is still opportunity to support this tremendous project as we continue to raise funds for the innovative biomass gasification system that will power the exhibit and the education and conservation programs associated with Toyota Elephant Passage," says Piper.
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