Jim Breheny Director, Bronx Zoo
Jim Breheny in ’81 took his first job as a 14-year-old working the camel rides at the Bronx Zoo.
Today, he oversees about 14,000 animals and more than 1,500 species — including camels. Breheny is the director of the Bronx Zoo and executive vice president of zoos and aquarium for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He manages WCS’s five zoological parks in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium in Coney Island — an operation which welcomes more than 4 million guests annually.