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Chuck Fillah, Associate Director, Planning and Strategic Initiatives

Chuck assumed the newly created position of Associate Director, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, in November 2010. He works to support the director’s initiatives focusing on major park planning, new exhibit and visitor amenity projects,  and major renewal projects as well.Ongoing projects include: improved parking, pedestrian circulation and transportation within the park, a carousel, and a 4-D theater.

Prior to this appointment, Chuck held the position of Associate Director for Exhibits and Park Management beginning in 2007. Previously, he was the Zoo’s head of park management from 2003 to 2007, and chief of the Zoo’s horticulture department from 1985 to 2003. The Zoo’s beautiful grounds, with lush plantings of diverse species of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers, were the result of Chuck’s work and leadership. In addition to his award-winning work on Asia Trail, he has been involved with the development of several large projects, from renovation of the Cheetah Conservation Station and the zebra habitat to building the wetlands and grasslands exhibits.

Chuck is a member of the Association of Zoological Horticulture, serving for several years on its senior board of directors, and of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
After graduating in 1975 from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture, the Montgomery County, Maryland, native worked for four years as division manager of a landscape design and grounds maintenance firm, then for five years before coming to the Zoo as manager of the grounds and landscaping division of the 300-acre National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.


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