Thane Maynard is the Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The mission of his work teaching and writing mirrors that of the zoo: to tell the story of biological diversity, natural history, and wildlife conservation to the general public.
Thane is best known as writer and host of numerous wildlife programs, including the daily public radio series The 90-Second Naturalist, which airs on stations across North America. He has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
As a boy growing up in central Florida, he explored the low country swamps in the days before condominiums and air conditioning. From this initial interest in wild places, he went on to receive his B.A degree in environmental studies from Rollins College in his hometown of Winter Park, Florida, and his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.
Thane is the author of thirteen books on wildlife. His latest work is the book co-authored with Jane Goodall Hope For Animals & Their World.
In addition to his work for the Zoo, Thane is involved in the Cincinnati community as a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XVII, and as a Trustee for The Hillside Trust. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Margo Marsh Biodiversity Foundation a private conservation fund headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Zoo Director Thane Maynard is the 90-Second Naturalist!
The 90-Second Naturalist has covered some pretty obscure & interesting topics, such as... Gender Bender Bugs, Owl Cell Phones, New Peccary Discovered, Turkeys & T-Rex, Fruit Eating Carnivores and Greater Asian One Horned Rhino! Thane Maynard has written and narrated thousands of 90-second audio segments over the past 25 years and hasn't even come close to running out of things to say!
Thane is now blogging! Read his latest posts at blog.cincinnatizoo.org
- The 90-Second Naturalist Never Runs Out of Stories
- Greenest Restaurant in America!
- Tips For Eating Like An Animal