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Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard is internationally known for his dedication to wildlife preservation, research and education. He 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 via his nationally-syndicated radio program, “The 90-Second Naturalist,” for thirty years.

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Maynard’s travels to promote biological diversity, natural history and wildlife conservation have spanned five continents and earned him a membership in the Explorers Club.  He is an active member of the 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.

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.

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!

Zoo Director Thane Maynard’s 2018 #NewYearsResolution is to share only optimistic stories, called “Positive Nature,” focusing on success stories that inspire people to live more sustainably and in cooperation with nature. Read more here

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