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Brenda Stringer

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Brenda started life on a farm in Central Illinois. From gathering eggs and raising pigs, she went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Theatre from Illinois State University.  Working at a Zoo just seemed to be the logical next step! Brenda is the Executive Director of the John Ball Zoo Society. 

Posts by Brenda Stringer

Helping Conservation Around the World

Since 1985, John Ball Zoo has been helping wildlife conservation projects around the world with its Wildlife Conservation Fund. The Fund is financed through donations and monies earned from our Footsteps to the Future animal sponsorship program. The Fund makes it possible for us to award a limited number of small grants to animal conservation programs around the world. Over the past 29 years, 145 grants have been distributed in 46 countries and 24 states, 26 grants in Michigan.  This year we received 108 applications from projects on every continent except Antarctica.  Projects vary in size and scope but each represents dedicated people who put their time, talent and often their own financial resources into saving wildlife and wild places.

CELEBRATING 20,000 BLOG VIEWS.

Celebrating 20,000 Views

Blow out the candles and make a big blog wish, we’re celebrating 20,000 views of our Zoo Blog and over a hundred subscribers. We’re also averaging over 400 views on the first day we post a blog.  So thank you to our Zoo Keepers who have made this happen.  

A RARE Opportunity

Okay, first let me explain I’m not a zoo keeper. Sorry but I don’t have any first hand, behind-the-scenes, really good inside stuff.  The only recommendation I can give for you to read further is that I’ve worked at the Zoo for a very…very long time. So long that it’s gotten to be totally uncomfortable when someone asks me how long. It’s like being asked how old I am. When I do tell people,  the response is either a quiet and respectful “wow” or an overly loud, totally disrespectful “good grief, how freaking old are you?”.