Meet Mr. Peacock, the New Zoo Boise Director 

click to enlarge Gene Peacock is the new director of Zoo Boise. - ZOO BOISE
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  • Gene Peacock is the new director of Zoo Boise.
No joke. The new director of Zoo Boise is Gene Peacock. The City of Boise announced this morning that Peacock, a 30-year veteran of the zoo industry who most recently served as executive director of the Corpus Christi (Texas) Museum of Science and History, will take control of the zoo mid-March.

Peacock fills the formidable boots of Steve Burns, who headed Zoo Boise for two decades before leaving to become director of the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“[Peacock's] leadership style and background will take Zoo Boise to a whole new level," said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway in a prepared statement. "Gene is passionate about animals and has a strong vision for the future of Zoo Boise.”

Early in his career, Peacock worked as a zookeeper at the Greensboro Science Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and his resume is filled with positions as a zookeeper or zoo director at zoos across the U.S.

Peacock's immediate tasks will be finish a major expansion of Zoo Boise which will include a Gorongosa National Park exhibit featuring baboons and Nile crocodiles, and a new primate exhibit.

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