It seems like just yesterday I took over as president of the Zoo Montana Advisory Board (been several years). As I step down and turn over the reins to John Brewer, I can’t help but reflect on how far we have come as an organization.

More animals saw more visitors than ever before. Each and every year (month) the zoo, under the incredible leadership of Jeff Ewelt (and his team) just continues to grow, flourish and improve.

I take great pride in “our” zoo, as should everyone in Billings, Yellowstone County and Montana. As one of the only privately funded zoos in the country, we all should be exceptionally proud of how far we have come. ZooMontana is a true community treasure. The best part is we are clearly just getting warmed up! As the zoo continues to stabilize and see profitability, more and more projects are added to the agenda. The impressive development schedule is fueled by Ewelt’s endless energy and expertise. In closing, all I can add is get out and enjoy your zoo! Support your zoo! Be proud of your zoo. It truly is a magical place. Thank you, Jeff, for allowing me to tag along for the ride.

Dan Austin

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