Meet the Zoo Director - January, 2010 - Jim Breheny, Bronx Zoo
Name: Jim Breheny
Actual title: Wildlife Conservation Society Senior Vice President of Living Institutions and Director of the Bronx Zoo
Name of your zoo: Bronx Zoo
Location: Bronx, New York, USA
URL for your facility: www.bronxzoo.com
Number of species at your facility: 618
Your favorite critter at the facility: Male Nile Crocodile in the Madagascar! exhibit
Total number of animals or fish at your facility: 6,624
Number of visitors annually: 2 million
Number of employees: 564
Number of volunteers: Approximately 210
Annual budget: FY 2009 = $60,986,060
Degree(s): MS in Biology
Experience prior to this position: I have been at the Bronx Zoo my entire career. Was an Adjunct at Manhattan College in Riverdale NY for 16 years.
Favorite part of your job: Interacting with animals.
One dream wish for your facility: A huge penguin exhibit.
Family: My wife and I have been married for twelve years. Kathleen LaMattina works at the zoo also.
Pets at home: Dogs, cats, fish....
When you retire, you plan to: Take some time off together, Kathleen likes to travel. Having the responsibility for a zoo and this incredible collection of animals is very demanding. Weekends, holidays and vacations tend to get lost in the shuffle.
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