New director of Hutchinson Zoo named

Hutchinson (KSN File Photo)
Hutchinson (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – The executive director of a zoo in upstate New York has been named to lead the Hutchinson Zoo.

The Hutchinson News reports that City Manager John Deardoff announced the appointment of John Wright on Tuesday.

Wright is currently executive director of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York. In Hutchinson, he will replace Jana Durham, who resigned Feb. 7.

Deardoff says Wright started his career as a volunteer at the Kansas City Zoo and was interested in the job at the Hutchinson Zoo because he has family in the area.

He says Wright was also attracted to the zoo’s mostly Kansas native collection of animals. The New York State Zoo also features wildlife native to that state. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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