Staff at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s passion for conservation extends beyond its gates and into their free time through volunteer work. Most recently, Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, has been elected to sit on the board for the prestigious Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGF).
DFGF, whose mission is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa, was founded in 1967. The organization’s work is based on a holistic model with four key parts: direct, daily protection of gorillas; scientific research on gorillas and their ecosystems; educating the next generation of scientists and conservationists in Africa; and helping local people with basic needs, so that communities can thrive and work together with DFGF. In his role as a Board member, Pate will support the work of DFGF and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.
Other Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium staff members who sit on external Boards include Dr. Cheryl Morris and Marge From.
“It is gratifying to see professional staff in the zoo field also recognized as leaders in conservation,” said Pate. “I am honored to serve on the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International board to help mountain gorillas thrive in the wilds of Rwanda.”
Dr. Morris, vice president of conservation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, sits on the Board of the Nature Conservancy in Nebraska (NCN). NCN’s mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
From, director of plant conservation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, is on Boards for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Orchid Specialists Group, the leading international network for orchid conservation, and the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG). IUCN RSG is an international network that works to face emerging threats facing species, battle against extinction, restore species and thereby yield wide-ranging benefits for nature and people.