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Salisbury Zoo director leaving for New Orleans job

Saturday - 12/15/2012, 2:10pm  ET

SALISBURY, Md. - The director of the Salisbury Zoo is leaving to become vice president and general curator of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

The Daily Times ( http://tinyurl.com/cphtmvr) reports that Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton announced Joel Hamilton's departure at a dedication ceremony Friday for the zoo's new Australia exhibit.

Hamilton says it's an opportunity to work in a "larger facility with a wider variety of animals." He says he will miss Salisbury.

Under Hamilton, the zoo has unveiled a new logo and website, broken ground for a new animal health clinic and shored up its fundraising.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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