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Knoxville Zoo's Mission

The mission of Knoxville Zoological Gardens is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world.  Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo will tell the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth.  The zoo will develop positive attitudes and actions about nature and about conservation as a local and global issue.

Knoxville Zoo Board of Directors

  • Tim Williams, Chairman
  • Lisa New, Executive Director
  • Eddie Mannis, Vice Chairman
  • Sharon Miller Pryse - Secretary / Treasurer
  • Randy Boyd
  • Daniel Brown
  • Chris Caldwell
  • Pete Claussen
  • Chelly Clayton
  • David Collins
  • John Compton
  • Joan Cronan
  • Joe Fielden, Jr.
  • Sam Furrow
  • Greg Isaacs
  • Bavy Lopez
  • Greg Mackay
  • Dugan McLaughlin
  • David Moon
  • Brenda Palmer
  • Mintha Roach
  • Patrick Roddy
  • Patrick Schaad
  • Dr. Jim Thompson
  • Tracy Thompson
  • Jim York

Honorary Directors

  • William E. Aarant, Jr.
  • William W. Baxter
  • Justice Gary Wade