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Jay Tetzloff to leave Miller Park Zoo after 13 years with the city

Jay Tetzloff
Emily Bollinger
Miller Park Zoo superintendent Jay Tetzloff.

The City of Bloomington announced Friday that Miller Park Zoo superintendent Jay Tetzloff is leaving to work for a zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tetzloff, who has run the Bloomington zoo for 13 years, has accepted the position of chief animal officer at the Blank Park Zoo in Iowa.

Tetzloff also served for six years as the city’s director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts starting in 2015, but he relinquished those duties last year.

City officials noted Miller Park Zoo added new flamingo, mulefoot hog, DeBrazza’s monkeys and red-flanked duiker exhibits during his tenure. The zoo also took over management of the park’s mini-golf course and zoo conversation fund during his time as superintendent.

“I am proud what the team was able to accomplish during my time at the Miller Park Zoo,” said Tetzloff. “This was a great community to raise our two kids and to call home for almost thirteen years.”

Tetzloff’s last day will be July 15.

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