Thane Maynard (@ThaneMaynard) is one of the most prominent directors of zoos across the country and is internationally known for his innovation and dedication to wildlife preservation, research and education. Maynard is recognized as well for building both educational and research partnerships between the zoo and UC.

Thane Maynard has authored more than a dozen books, the most recent, “Hope For Animals & Their World,” was coauthored with Jane Goodall. He has also shared science and environmental news nationwide through his longtime radio program, “The 90-Second Naturalist.”

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Maynard’s travels have spanned five continents in promoting biological diversity, natural history and wildlife conservation, earning him a membership in the Explorers Club.  He is an active member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Margo Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, a primate conservation fund headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Thane also serves, with UC President Santa Ono, on the board of the UpTown Consortium, working to strengthen the communities that are home to the university and the zoo.

Born and raised in central Florida, Thane earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl., and his master’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.  He is also a graduate of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School, as well as the first National Education Leadership Institute sponsored by WWF and Disney.

Thane, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Cincinnati on June 9, 2012.


Zoo Director Thane Maynard is the 90-Second Naturalist!

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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 since 1987 and hasn’t even come close to running out of things to say!

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