The has announced a $1.5 million gift from the to endow a director-level position within the zoo's education department.
The gift will establish and endow the Fred Saigh Director of Education, a permanent leadership position within the fifty-year-old department, which offers thirty-nine hundred programs reaching some 1.7 million visitors annually. The department, one of the largest zoo-based education departments in the nation, was established by Marlin Perkins, best known as the host of Wild Kingdom, which aired from 1963 to 1985. It is currently led by Louise Bradshaw, who will hold the inaugural director’s position, the fourth such position to receive an endowment through the zoo's $120 million campaign.
"We thank the Saigh Foundation for their continued strong support and for their commitment to Fred Saigh's legacy by providing grants that greatly benefit our region," said St. Louis Zoo president and CEO Jeffrey Bonner. "The education department at the zoo not only provides excellent instructional material and presentations, it also creates meaningful experiences that last a lifetime. This endowment will help the zoo continue to enlighten the citizens of this region for years to come."