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September 17, 2014, 10:33 am
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Thornton to Step Down from Henson Robinson Zoo


The longtime director of Henson Robinson Zoo has resigned.

 

Talon Thornton had run the zoo since 1995.

 

His resignation is open-ended, and he will stay on until a replacement is found. Thornton reportedly cited “personal reasons” for deciding to leave. He did not return calls seeking comment.

 

The zoo has been under a microscope in recent months.

 

Its bid for accreditation was put on hold last year pending improvements to its facilities and exhibits.

 

The park district also adopted a new master plan last year for upgrades at the zoo.

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