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Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo

Louise Bradshaw
Ray Meibaum | St. Louis Zoo
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The St. Louis Zoo has received a $1.5 million gift from the Saigh Foundation that will, in essence, create an endowed chair for the Zoo’s education department.

That department is headed by Louise Bradshaw, who will become the first Fred Saigh Director of Education.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, she said this provides a lot of security for the zoo’s wide-ranging educational programs.

“We’re able to reach over 1.7 million guests with the Zoo’s conservation education messages,” she said.

But the educational efforts extend far beyond what visitors see. The teams reach out, even internationally over the internet. “We also do a lot with science technology engineering and math education working with schools and teachers,” Bradshaw said.

Of special importance, she said, was teaching the value of every animal and how the environment and the welfare of animals are connected.

The Saigh Foundation was started by Fred Saigh, a businessman and former owner of the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Saigh died in 1999.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

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