Building a World Class Zoo for a World Class City

Last month, I was invited to a special opening and ribbon cutting for the Philip & Joellen Doornbos Volunteer and Administrative center located at the Phoenix Zoo. This Center has three separate buildings that will house much of the administrative staff, while providing space for volunteer training and staffing. The spaces surrounding these two buidings create an outdoor courtyard for employee gatherings, and a place for additional training and meetings.

In the photo at the right, Bert Castro, CEO and Pres. of Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/ Phoenix Zoo, far left, looks on beside Philip while Joellen cuts the ribbon.


An original oil painting of Pronghorn in Papago Park, was personally created by me for their new conference center at the Doornbos Volunteer and Administrative Center, along with two other original oil paintings; one featuring a bobcat and the other featuring a coyote, both 24″ x 36″. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to have these three paintings on exhibit in these beautiful new facilities for the Zoo. 


The zoo’s next project will be the Sumatran Tiger experience and will be opening this fall 2015. This exciting new experience will create a spectacular new signature experience. Guests will wander down a tropical path to find views of our amazing tigers to the right and the majesty of an Asian elephant to the left. New state of the art holding facilities will allow the Zoo to care for several of these rare tigers, helping the Zoo to become a key participant in the international Species Survival Plan that monitors and manages the breeding of all endangered species in zoos worldwide.