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90. Zoo Stories - Sean Putney

In Episode 90, Zoo Stories, we chat with Sean Putney–CEO of the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium. March 2024 was the zoo’s best month in its history (dating back to 1909), and Sean expounds on how the zoo’s ecosystem of animals and humans alike serve the Kansas City community. 

Sean’s leadership has overseen the completion of $75 million-dollar projects, and he highlights how the conservation and education efforts of the zoo work to promote understanding and appreciation with all who visit. Hear his tales of how presence can matter, even with other species. 

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