An investigative team from WXYZ-TV Action News has discovered that Executive Director and CEO of the Detroit Zoo, Ron Kagan, was given a sizable raise in 2012. In a story released yesterday their reporters found that Kagan’s salary and incentives rose to $470,184 from the prior year’s $284,200. His
Despite this high salary, Kagan is bested in pay by the directors of nine other zoos in the United States.
The Detroit Zoo continues to grow and to gain respect among zoologists as one of the top zoological parks. The board credits Kagan for this as told to WXYZ by Board Chair Gail Warden.
Kagan has been the recipient of two significant events. One is the transfer of the zoo from the City of Detroit to an independent board of directors and the other was the vote of the tri-county area to provide $11 million per year in tax revenues.
However these two events did not necessarily guarantee success for Kagan and the board apparently feels he was able to capitalize on these advantages. An independent review of the zoo’s 2012 financial report shows gate revenues were up in 2012 by more than ten percent to $7.2 million from the prior year’s $6.3 in gate revenues, parking, and convenience rentals. Memberships also rose by about 10% in 2012 adding just under $4 million to the top-line.
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