Zoo's Executive Director...
|Christopher Kuhar, PhD, Executive Director of
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Christopher Kuhar, PhD, becomes the tenth director in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 130-year history, taking over for director Steve Taylor, who served in that role for 24 years.
Kuhar will be responsible for managing the Zoo’s extensive animal collection, as well as overseeing the daily operations of the facility. In addition, he will help implement the Zoo’s master plan and integrate it into the larger strategic plan for Cleveland Metroparks.
Kuhar, 39, joined the Zoo in 2008 as Curator of Primates and Small Mammals. His duties expanded and his title was changed to Curator of Animals in 2012.
Prior to that, Kuhar was the Research Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where he studied animal behavior for nearly five years. He previously worked as a Research Assistant at Zoo Atlanta from 2000 to 2003 and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 1997 to 2000.
Kuhar received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Akron in 1997, his Master of Science in zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2000 and his doctorate in experimental psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004.
Originally from Lorain, Ohio, Kuhar and his wife, Gayle, reside in Strongsville with their two children.
Read more about Dr. Kuhar in a Who's Who blog post.