CINCINNATI (August 16, 2019) – Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Director and Chief Storyteller, has been touched by countless individual animals during his 40-year Zoo career. For the next two months, ten of these animals, and Maynard’s stories about them will be featured throughout the Zoo in the “Let Me Tell You a Story” Photo Exhibit and Story Safari.
“The purpose of the Zoo is to tell the story of wildlife and nature, and why they are so valuable to us all,” said Maynard. “My hope is that these positive, personal stories about individual animals will resonate with visitors and inspire them to do what they can to protect the habitats where the relatives of the animals that they see at the Zoo live.”
It’s easy to enjoy the story safari. Look for signs featuring head-turning photos at habitats throughout the Zoo and use the QR code located at the bottom of each sign to hear Maynard tell a story about the animal you see! The stories, and video interviews with the people who care for the animals in the stories, are also available here.
“The photos, taken by my good friend Robert Flischel, capture the spirit of each individual! They convey the power and importance of the individual animals that touch us all,” said Maynard. “Their stories give me hope in a challenging time. Let Me Tell You A Story…”
On October 26, Thane will tell some of these stories, and others that few have ever heard, live at the Zoo. Reserve your seat for Thane Maynard’s Night of Stories