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Zoos, Aquariums, and Botanical Gardens Executive Search Clients

Zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens are not just repositories of flora and fauna.  They play an important role in environmental sustainability, in preserving animal species and in developing life-saving drugs through botanical research.  The professionals that lead these organizations are specialists in their respective fields, but more importantly, they have the leadership skills to transform their institutions into organizations that “change the world.”    Whether it is endangered species, marine mammals or climate change that is changing the nature of horticulture, the leaders of these institutions play an integral role in creating a better world.  James Abruzzo and his team understand what it takes to lead these organizations and have played a key role in assisting their boards finding and keeping leaders.

Adventure Aquarium
Vice President

Akron Zoo


Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Atlanta Botanical Garden
General Manager, Operations

Audubon Nature Institute

Vice President

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Detroit Zoo

Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary
General Manager; Consulting

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Missouri Botanical Garden
Deputy Director / COO; Consulting

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

Mystic Aquarium
SVP, Operations

Naples Zoo and Caribbean Botanical Gardens

National Aquarium in Baltimore
President; CFO

National Audubon Institute (New Orleans)

Vice President and Managing Director

Oklahoma City Zoo
Executive Director

Philadelphia Zoo
VP, Development

Oregon Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium

St. Louis Zoo

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