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Pay It Forward Webinar Series – Connecting Communities with Conservation
October 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Chief Executive Officer Jon Forrest Dohlin has extensive experience in project and animal management as well as a strong commitment to conservation and education.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles in Woodland Hills, Jon attended Humboldt State University where he remained to live and work for more than 12 years. From there, Jon joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York where he had a successful 20-year career and was involved in project design and management with the Bronx Zoo. Jon also served as the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, Brooklyn’s largest cultural institution, for 12 years. As the director, Jon managed an annual budget of $18.5 million and over 300 staff members, directed a $150 million restoration of the New York Aquarium after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and oversaw the design, construction, and fundraising for the award winning $160 million shark exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
Though his time in New York was exciting and professionally fulfilling, California always remained Jon’s home. While it was the urge to return to California that began his inquiries at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, it was the people and the community’s support for the Zoo that drew him to Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Jon is building on the great work that has already been done to create an outstanding zoo in the Central Valley and is committed to continuing the Zoo’s mission by focusing on conservation, education, world class animal care, community engagement, and breathtaking exhibits. As Chief Executive Officer, Jon oversees all functions of the Zoo, including 200 species of animals and the Zoo’s exhibits, such as Sea Lion Cove and African Adventure.
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