There has been a lot of amazing things that have been happening at the Binghamton Zoo for the last couple of year and we have Jacqueline Peeler to think for a lot of it. She has been the executive director of the Binghamton Zoo since January 2016.

The sad news is that she is leaving for a Curator position at the Boston's Museum of Science to pursue her interests in education and curating. She graduated from Whitney Point High School and attended both Broome Community College and SUNY Binghamton.

Peeler started her career at the Binghamton Zoo as a volunteer, and in 1986, started as a visitor services associate and seasonal zookeeper before leaving for the North Carolina Zoo.

She returned in 2016 and during her stay, she's implemented Nature Play stations throughout the zoo including the eagle's nest, stream table and Nature Post.

She was also instrumental in getting the Amur leopard and two red wolves and also participated in conservation programs like the citizen-science program called "FrogWatch."

 

The Southern Tier Zoological Society has begun it's search for a new executive director. If you or someone you know have what takes to keep the excellence going like Peeler then you are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants can find more info here.

One of the things that I've always heard is that you want to leave a place better then you found it. Jacqueline Peeler has done that and there will be big shoes to fill. Thank you Jacqueline for what you've done for our community and you'll be missed.

The Binghamton Zoo is located at 60 Morgan Road in Binghamton.

[via Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park]