The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently announced that Andi Kornak will be taking over the position of General Curator at the Zoo. Andi is currently the Zoo’s Curator of Animals and was chosen for this position following a nationwide search.
“I’m very happy to have Andi continue to progress in her career here with us,” said the Zoo’s Executive Director Dr. Christopher Kuhar. “We recognized what an excellent professional she was when she first came to Cleveland a few years ago as our newest animal curator, and in her time here she has proven to be a valuable resource and a dedicated leader.”
Andi originally was with the Binder ParkZoo in Battle Creek, Michigan where she held the position of Curator of Carnivores and Large Mammals. In 2012 her title was changed to Curator of Animals in an attempt to more accurately reflect her various duties. As General Curator, she will be in charge of managing the entire Zoological Programs Division of the Zoo which includes over 3,000 animals, animal keepers, veterinary staff and collection registrar personnel. She will report directly to Executive Director Kuhar.
Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Andi got her start at the Binder Park Zoo where she worked for 17 years. She worked her way up from zookeeper to Curator of Collections and also earned her bachelor’s of science degree from Michigan State University.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Kornak. “Cleveland Metroparks has been a fantastic organization to work for and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From November 1 through March 31, 2013, admission is discounted to $8.25 per person, $5.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.