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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


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?”.