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New Salisbury Zoo Director Announced

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury Mayor James Ireton Jr. on Monday announced that Ralph Piland has accepted the city's offer to become the new director of the Salisbury Zoological Park. 

City officials said Piland brings to the zoo a unique background in animal care, administrative management and park operations.

Starting in the late 1970s as a senior keeper in Columbia, S.C., Piland has worked in various capacities with several zoological facilities.  He worked at the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo) for over 20 years where he eventually became the director of operations.  Since then, Piland has worked with the Arizona Zoological Society (Phoenix Zoo) where he started as the deputy director and later became the vice president and director of operations and capital plan implementation as well as the University of Phoenix where he is an associate faculty member teaching strategic management. 

City officials said Piland has extensive experience interacting with boards of trustees, as well as local, county, and state level officials.  He also has spent more than 20 years working with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program where he has assisted in numerous research efforts including support for the evaluation of the impact of oil spill pollution in the Gulf of Mexico.

Acting Director of Public Works Amanda Pollack said of Piland, "We are also excited to welcome Ralph Piland to the City of Salisbury and look forward to the leadership and experience that he will bring to the zoo."

Pollack said the city is appreciative for Ann Konopik, the zoo curator, for serving as the Interim zoo director for the past few months. 

Piland spent his first day at the Salisbury Zoo on Monday, July 29.

 

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