UPDATE: Miller Park Zoo has new director

Jay Pratte
Jay Pratte(City of Bloomington)
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - The Miller Park Zoo, run by Bloomington’s city government, has a new director.

Jay Pratte comes to the zoo after holding positions at the Dallas Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and the Utica Zoo.

Pratte’s annual salary is $91,000 a year, according to a city spokesperson.

“It’s a true honor to be chosen for the Director’s position,” Pratte said in a release. “I look forward to working with the incredible staff across all areas of Miller Park Zoo as we face the exciting future ahead of us.”

Pratte replaces long-time Miller Park Zoo director Jay Tetzloff, who left his post in July to become Chief Animal Officer of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Pratte’s first official day on the job will be September 26.