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Niabi Zoological Society


The Niabi Zoological Society (NZS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group which works tirelessly to fund captial improvements, staff development, and education programs at Niabi Zoo. The name of the organization was changed to the Niabi Zoological Society when the Friends of Niabi, the Citizens Advisory Board, and members of the Forest Preserve merged. The Niabi Zoological Society has been responsible for funding countless improvements throughout the zoo.

An executive board governs the NZS. Committees are set up to help run special interest programs and activities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Niabi Zoological Society is to constantly improve the educational value of the Zoo through continuous expansion and upgrading in the areas of exhibits, research opportunities, educational and volunteer programs, and personnel training.


Board of Directors

John Ferrell, President
Lisa Sievert, Vice President
Lance Leslie, Treasurer
Lynsey Engels
Jarrod Miller
Chris Townsend