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Honoring Giles Perkins, Founding Board Member of Birmingham Zoo


On behalf of everyone at the Birmingham Zoo, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Giles Perkins, a Founding Board Member of the Birmingham Zoo, Community Leader and friend of the Zoo, on December 2, 2018.

Photo Courtesy of Cord McPhail / Adams & Reese


As many of you know, Giles was an extraordinary person and a key figure in establishing the Birmingham Zoo, Inc., as a public-private nonprofit formed to assume management of the Birmingham Zoo. Since 1999, Giles played an integral, steadfast role in being devoted to our success as a world-class organization and top tourist attraction in Alabama.


Losing Giles is not only a great loss to all of us, but also for the greater Birmingham community as a whole. Below are some additional links to news stories about Giles. I have also included a photo of Giles with other Founding Zoo Board members.


We offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Giles’ family, friends and co-workers.



Chris Pfefferkorn
President & CEO


Announcements about Giles Perkins passing


Pictured: Founding Zoo Board Members, Giles Perkins is on the left, second person.