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Kansas City Zoo CEO Retiring After 18 Years

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Randy Whistoff is stepping down as CEO of the Kansas City Zoo at the age of 72 after serving in that role for 18 years.

During his tenure Randy Wisthoff has overseen critical changes at the Kansas City Zoo.

Wisthoff's current role will run until the end of this year when he will transition to a part-time gig as the executive director of the Kansas City Zoo Foundation. Noting his age, he explains the complexities of managing a zoo run deep, needing "every bit of energy every day."

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