Even in his 23th year as Director of the Baton Rouge Zoo, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find Phil holding a lettuce leaf in his mouth to offer up to
Even in his 23th year as Director of the Baton Rouge Zoo, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find Phil holding a lettuce leaf in his mouth to offer up to the Zoo’s resident giraffes or stopping visitors outside his office to make sure they got a souvenir peacock feather. He’s someone that has a genuine passion for wildlife and wants to help others experience the pure awe that animals bring to our world.
After graduating from college in Illinois, Phil began his career in the zoo world in Springfield, Illinois, and has since served as director of zoos in Nashville, Tennessee; Peoria, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana and most recently, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1989, he was selected to oversee the construction and opening of Cumberland Museum’s Grassmere Wildlife Park, now the site of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Throughout his career he also successfully led each of the zoos in his charge through the stringent Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation process.
The Baton Rouge Zoo, which welcomes an average of 250,000 guests annually, has undergone a number of major renovations during Frost’s tenure as director including: George Felton Jr. Veterinary Hospital, the Capital One Bank Pavilion, L’aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise, The Otter Pond, Safari Playground, The Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Conservation Plaza, Realm of the Tiger, and expanded entrance complex. In 2019 the Zoo’s new master plan was completed, with Phase 1 of construction began in January 2021. This will include a new entrance/education complex, new exhibits for giraffe, pygmy hippo, colobus monkeys, numerous birds of prey and major infrastructure upgrades. Total price tag for this project, which also includes a new entry drive to the Zoo and Greenwood Park improvements is $40M.
With a natural passion for service, Frost has served as both a member and as part of leadership on numerous boards and committees focusing on tourism development, education, and conservation. Included Chair of the international software company Species360, Past Chair of Louisiana Travel Association, LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business – Public Administration Institute Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Personally, Phil could be described as having wanderlust in his veins as he has spent many years traveling throughout five continents to explore both nature and native cultures. Phil is also an avid outdoor photographer and enjoys spending time with his wife, Violet, and two adult children, Adam and Brooke.
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