Jo-Elle Mogerman will serve as director of the Saint Louis Zoo’s new North Campus, a 425-acre property located in Spanish Lake, as well as operations of the Conservation & Animal Science Center and public attractions that will connect people with nature and animals. She will oversee the creation and the development of this new attraction for the St. Louis community and tourists alike.
A native of Chicago who grew up with a love of animals, she leaves Shedd Aquarium in her home city, where she served as the vice president of Learning and Community. In that role, she oversaw the vision and strategic direction for all learning and community programs. She previously spent nearly 14 years at Brookfield Zoo in a suburb of Chicago.
While at Brookfield Zoo, she produced a presentation on “Cultivating Conservation Communities” with a strong community focus on running a zoo. “Involve communities in planning upfront,” she urged in the presentation. “Listen to how you can be relevant to them. Become advocates for audience to drive programs and services.”
She also served as an Illinois Nature Preserves Commissioner and was chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Diversity Committee. She obtained a doctorate in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, and bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College.
Michael Macek was promoted to the role of Saint Louis Zoo director (from chief operating officer), reporting directly to Jeffrey Bonner, zoo president & CEO.
“The next 18 months or so are incredibly important as zoo leadership works on its long-range plans for the zoo and the new property in north St. Louis County,” Bonner said in a statement.
“Michael and Jo-Elle have pivotal roles in this planning process as well as in our core zoological and operational activities. I am especially interested in working with them to create and maintain synergy between the zoo, the North Campus and our conservation efforts worldwide.”