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July 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm$16 – $25
July’s Lunch Program
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Tony Vecchio has been Executive Director at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens since July 2009. Under Vecchio’s leadership, the Zoo’s attendance has grown from 668,800 in FY2009-10 to over 1,000,000 in FY2015-16. The zoo has broken attendance records six times in the past seven years and garnered awards for Conservation, Diversity, and Exhibits.
Vecchio’s zoo career spans a 39 year period. It began at Highland Park Zoo (now called Pittsburgh Zoo) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and continued with Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode, Island, and Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. As Executive Director of the Oregon Zoo, the Zoo achieved record attendance in seven of the 11 years he was there.
Vecchio has a Master of Science, Biology, from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Resource Management/Wildlife Conservation from Penn State University. His honors and awards include the Vanguard Award, Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association; Outstanding Citizen Award, Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island; and the Outstanding Service Award, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Vecchio is currently on the Executive Board of Visit Jacksonville. He has served on the AZA’s Board of Directors, Board of Regents, Animal Welfare Special Committee, Pig and Peccary Advisory Group, and Science and Technology Committee of the AZA and is considered a leader in the organization. He has also been a member of the American Association of Zookeepers; Animal Behavior Society; American Society of Primatologists; International Bear Biology Association; Society for Conservation Biology; American Society of Mammalogists, American Federation of Herpetoculturists, Florida Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conservation Committee, and the South East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation.
Spotlight Speaker: TBA
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