The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Announces New CEO

Press Release. Sanford, Florida (March 25, 2015) - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and providing the public with an exciting and educational experience, announces the selection of Philip Flynn III as its new President and CEO.

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"The Central Florida Zoological Society Board of Directors and the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden's staff are excited to welcome Philip as the new President and CEO," said Rob Panepinto, Board Chair. "Philip's wealth of experience and passion for conservation will advance the mission of the Zoo as a conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults of all ages. Philip was selected after a comprehensive search and we are confident he will bring a fresh and dynamic vision to the Zoo."

As a professional nonprofit leader for over 30 years, Mr. Flynn's career has encompassed animal welfare, international medical programs, community foundations, family foundations, and higher education. With a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education Administration, Mr. Flynn has served as a consultant with MER Consulting, where he provided counsel to nonprofits; Executive Director of Save the Chimps, an organization dedicated to the plight of chimpanzees; and Executive Director of the Geffen Cancer Center & Research Institute. Mr. Flynn has played a pivotal role as a leader, excelling in strategic planning, setting organizational direction, collaborating, and building teamwork.

"I am excited to join the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens team as President and CEO. The Zoo is a wonderful facility with limitless potential for enhancement and growth," said Philip Flynn, CEO. "My experience with similar organizations gives me the knowledge and confidence to lead and inspire and to make a positive impact on the Central Florida community and beyond."

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 132 acre, private 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit conservation resource since 1975. With 500 animals representing more than 200 species, the Zoo provides the community with experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn on behalf of wildlife. The Zoo also operates the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in Eustis, FL. For more information visit or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.