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Zoo News

Zoo News

Sep 7, 2012

Patricia McGill, Ph.D. has been appointed vice president of conservation & education for Dallas Zoo Management (DZM).  She will serve as the administrative officer for the conservation and education departments of DZM, overseeing all education programs, education business operations, volunteer programs, field conservation and partners, behavioral science and the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo.

A seasoned biologist, McGill brings more than three decades of zoological experience to this newly created position, with extensive training in ornithology, conservation science, science education and vertebrate biology.  Most recently, she served as the director of North Texas Audubon Centers (Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill and Trinity River Audubon Center) to provide integration and strategic direction for both Audubon centers in Dallas County.  Prior to 2010, McGill served as senior vice president, animal programs for the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo).  During her 22 years there, she also served on strategic planning committees, chaired the animal collection division and worked with the capital development program team in addition to her position as the curator of birds and the Living Coast for the Brookfield Zoo.

Actively involved in the Species Survival Program (SSP) of the Association for Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), McGill served as the SSP coordinator for Humboldt penguins for 20 years and has participated in field and conservation work in South America and elsewhere.  She has taught in numerous schools including Applied Zoo and Aquarium Biology, Creating Successful Exhibits, Science of Zoo and Aquarium Management, Advanced Avian Management and the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine.

“The addition of Patty to our professional team broadens our capabilities and helps us further our conservation and education missions here at the Dallas Zoo,” said Gregg Hudson, president and CEO of Dallas Zoo Management Inc.  “With our privatization three years ago we are now attracting 850,000 people annually and are well on our way to becoming a national leader among zoos and aquariums.”

An accomplished speaker and presenter, McGill has published dozens of articles on penguins, gulls, kingfishers, tanagers and wombats.  She earned her Ph.D. in vertebrate biology and her master’s of science degree in wildlife science with a minor in science education from Cornell University.  She has lived in Colorado, New England, Alaska, Australia (15 months) and now in Texas.