Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Andi Kornak as its new General Curator this week. Kornak, currently the Zoo’s Curator of Animals, was chosen for the position after a nationwide search.
“I’m very happy to have Andi continue to progress in her career here with us,” said the Zoo’s Executive Director Dr. Christopher Kuhar. “We recognized what an excellent professional she was when she first came to Cleveland a few years ago as our newest animal curator, and in her time here she has proven to be a valuable resource and a dedicated leader.”
Kornak came to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2011 from Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan as the Curator of Carnivores and Large Mammals. Her title was changed to Curator of Animals in 2012 to more accurately reflect the scope of her duties. In her new role as General Curator, she will manage the entire Zoological Programs Division at the Zoo, including all 3,000 animals, animal keepers, veterinary staff and collection registrar personnel. She will report directly to Kuhar.
A native of Jackson, Michigan, Kornak started her professional zoo career at Binder Park Zoo where she worked for 17 years, working her way up from zookeeper to Curator of Collections. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree from Michigan State University.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Kornak. “Cleveland Metroparks has been a fantastic organization to work for and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From November 1 through March 31, 2013, admission is discounted to $8.25 per person, $5.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.
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