Pocatello Zoo Director Retires

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Updated: 10/07/2013 10:31 am
 He's spent the better part of four decades working in a job most kids grow up dreaming about.

"It's been a wonderful run at the Pocatello Zoo,” says Pocatello Zoo Director Scott Ransom.

As he moves into the retirement lifestyle, Scott says he will still spend time enjoying wildlife, for its those animals who have made his working career something special.

"Each one has a different personality and being a zoo director, you just can't get as close and spend as much time with them as close as you can as a zoo keeper, which was many years ago, so that's one of the things I kind of envy the zoo keepers still that are able to take care of these animals on a daily basis,” Ransom says.

Scott says some of his fondest memories at the Pocatello Zoo are the staff and the animals, one animal in particular, Charley, a grizzly bear that greeted Scott when he first got here and ended up passing away in 2009.

"Charley was like the icon of the Pocatello Zoo, people that were boomers that grew up with Charley and kids and so they always associated the zoo with Charley and I think Charley did the most to gain public support for the improvements at the zoo,” added Ransom.

Scott says he leaves the Pocatello Zoo, knowing it is in good hands. He's spent the last 17 years enjoying calling Ross Park home.

"Well it's just been wonderful working here, a terrific way to end this part of the career, and I don't know what is going to come up next, but just thoroughly enjoyed working here,” says Ransom.

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