WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Board of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announces that Andrew Aiken has stepped down as CEO & President, effective immediately.
“The Board is grateful for Mr. Aiken's leadership and for the work he has done over the last six years,” said Zoo Chairman, Michele Kessler. “We wish him the very best.”
“The Board is confident in the expertise and commitment of the staff and volunteers, and we look forward to a smooth transition and the continuing success of this regional treasure and welcoming guests as the new season begins.”
A national search will begin for Aiken’s replacement. The Zoo has engaged Zoo Advisors, a nationally recognized zoo management firm, to assist in the transition.
As always, the Zoo remains steadfast in its conservation work and commitment to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. As a home to over 550 animals, many of them endangered, the safety of staff and guests remain paramount. Conservation work both nationally and internationally, will continue uninterrupted.
As the second-most visited attraction in West Palm Beach, the Zoo is in a great position to build on its successes and bright future. Thanks to community support, the Zoo set an attendance record in 2017, with over 342,000 visitors walking through its gates. The Zoo is approaching its 50th anniversary and will soon debut a brand new Baum entry; lorikeet loft; ocelot overlook, and monkey mania in November.
“We were humbled and honored to be recognized as the non-profit business leader of the year in 2017 and look forward to the ideas, vision, and expertise a new leader will contribute as we continue to grow,” said Kessler.