INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH:Mindy chats with Andrea Hill of the Brevard Zoo

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Andrea Hill - Brevard Zoo Marketing and Communications Director

Twenty-five years in the not-for-profit world in the fields of marketing, communications, events and development. Originally from Indiana, moved to Brevard County in 2002. Been with Brevard Zoo since 2005. Amazing to be a part of turning Brevard Zoo into the treasured gem it is today in this community and all of the incredible work we do in our missions of animal wellness, conservation and education. Currently reside on the board of Florida Wildlife Hospital, American Advertising Federation Space Coast and the marketing committee for the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

Brevard Zoo OUR MISSION:

“Wildlife conservation through education and participation.”

To support that mission, we focus on:

Caring responsibly, professionally and passionately for our animals

Connecting visitors to the natural world through a relevant, unique and enjoyable Zoo experience

Educating diverse audiences through authentic learning activities and through our on-going partnership with Brevard Public Schools and other educational providers

Inspiring and engaging our community in conservation action through participation

Achieving conservation results by working directly with Florida species, supporting international programs and developing training programs and workshops

Contributing to the financial health of the region through prudent, accountable and entrepreneurial management

It began as a small group of people with a big dream: building a zoo. A world-class zoo that would serve as a conservation hub where people could gather to learn about animals and nature. A place to escape from the manmade world and reconnect with the diversity of the life with which we share this planet.

The Zoo is involved in efforts to restore native oysters and mangroves in the Indian River Lagoon to ensure cleaner water and stable shorelines. The Sea Turtle Healing Center opened in early 2014, and it is the only sea turtle rehabilitation center in Brevard County.

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