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New Minnesota Zoo director takes his post

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Canada Lynx
Though rare, Canada lynx - like this one at the Minnesota Zoo - have made a comeback in Minnesota. Zoo director John Frawley says he will stress conservation issues with visitors.
Tom Weber MPR News file

A former zookeeper at the Minnesota Zoo is the new director. His first official day was Tuesday.

John Frawley replaces Lee Ehmke, who took a job with the Houston Zoo.

Frawley worked a a zookeeper at the Minnesota Zoo more than 25 years ago. More recently, he was the CEO of Bay.org, a San Francisco-based conservation nonprofit. 

The Minnesota native plans to help people connect to conservation projects across the state.

  "A lot's been done inside the zoo and the zoo has a great master plan. The zoo has never looked better," Frawley said. "But I also think the zoo can serve Minnesota throughout the state. And we can get into the fabric of working with Minnesotans on all kinds of conservation and education issues."