Terry L. Maple, Ph.D.

Terry L. Maple is best known for revitalizing the Atlanta Zoo, where he was appointed director in 1984 and in 1985 founded and became CEO of Zoo Atlanta, a nonprofit corporation formed to operate the zoo. The zoo was honored twice by the Metropolitan Communities Foundation as Atlanta's "best-managed nonprofit corporation,” and won five awards for excellence in exhibit design and conservation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Maple retired from Zoo Atlanta in 2003 and became President/CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo in 2005.

He is the author and editor of more than 200 scientific publications, including ten books, and a past president of the AZA, and an internationally recognized expert on the behavior, welfare, and conservation of great apes. Maple taught at Emory University and, for 30 years, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of California at Davis.

He has been an advisor and consultant to the World Wildlife Fund, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Wildlife Society, the Walt Disney Company, and the National Institutes of Health and chairman of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and received a presidential appointment as a member of the National Museum Services Board.

A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, he is chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and an advisor to Mayor Lois Frankel’s City of West Palm Beach’s Sustainability Committee.  

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