PORTLAND, Ore. — General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues Teri Dresler is taking an interim leadership role at the Oregon Zoo, replacing Kim Smith effective today.
Dresler is a 10-year veteran of the Oregon Zoo (1995-2005) and has previously served as the zoo’s deputy interim director (2009 to 2010). She brings a strong background and proven abilities to the position.
“Under Teri Dresler’s experienced leadership and with the support of Metro, the dedicated Oregon Zoo staff and the community, the zoo will continue focusing on its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife by creating engaging experiences and advancing the highest level of animal welfare, environmental literacy and conservation science,” said Metro Chief Operating Officer Martha Bennett.
Metro Deputy Chief Operating Officer Scott Robinson will manage Visitor Venues while Dresler serves in the interim leadership role at the zoo.
Veterinarian Mitch Finnegan is also no longer with the zoo. Existing Oregon Zoo veterinarian staff will continue providing care to zoo animals.
It is Metro’s policy not to comment on personnel matters.
In the coming weeks and months, the zoo and Metro leadership will engage stakeholders and the community in conversations about the zoo’s vision, and seek their input on a search process for a new director. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas. The zoo relies in part on donations through the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs.
The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org for fare and route information.
General zoo admission is $11.50 (ages 12-64), $10 for seniors (65 and up), $8.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger. Additional information is available at www.oregonzoo.org or by calling 503-226-1561.