This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2009 - The St. Louis Zoo has added another first. A gift of $1.5 million from the William R. Orthwein Jr. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation has created an endowed position of animal nutritionist. Of about 200 zoos in the United States, only 14 have animal nutritionists on staff. Only four, one of them the St. Louis Zoo, have associate nutritionists.
"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the position of animal nutritionist has been endowed at any zoo," said Jeffrey Bonner, president and CEO of the Zoo.