On Friday, officials with the City of El Paso announced the selectionÂ of Joe Montisano asÂ the newÂ Director of the El Paso Zoo.
â€śWe chose Mr. Montisano to lead the El Paso Zoo because of his extensive experience in both animal care and high-level leadership,â€ť said Deputy City Manager Cary Westin. â€śHe is a visionary andÂ enthusiastic to lead our zoo team,Â and weâ€™re confident he will continue to provide world-class animal care and serviceÂ to the El Paso Zoo.â€ť
Montisano, who was selected following an extensive nationalÂ search,Â will begin his new role as Zoo Director on May 13.
Montisano has 28Â years of experienceÂ leading diverse, visitor-based, animal education and conservation-based institutions and has dedicated his career to the zoological industry.
Montisano served as the Executive Director at the Great Lakes Aquarium and Science Center in Duluth, Minnesota and previously served as Executive Director for Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine.
In addition, he served asÂ the Chief Executive Officer at the Central Florida Zoo, Executive Director at the Oregon Wildlife Safari, and Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions at the SeaWorld of Ohio.
Montisano holdsÂ a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Business from the University of Akron.
The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.