Calgary Zoo

Director quits

Cathy Gaviller says she has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

“The past few months have been very challenging for the organization and for me personally,” she said in a news release Thursday.

“I care deeply for the Calgary Zoo and hope my decision can help the zoo move forward confidently and begin a new chapter in animal stewardship.”

… and the AZA suggests we think of zoo animals as stars behind bars.

A mule deer that wouldn’t rate a media mention were it run down by a logging truck is, in this environment of suspicion, headline material when it dies at the zoo.

“Zoo animals are the celebrities of the animal world,” says Steve Feldman, a spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). “So just like if a celebrity dies or is born or gets sick we all pay more attention and so even though animals are born and die all the time…. When it happens to a zoo animal we pay more attention.”


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