Ron Kagan

Executive Director and CEO
Detroit Zoological Society

Ron Kagan has been Director of the Detroit Zoological Society since 1992. He has authored numerous articles in journals, encyclopedias and books and has also created, co-wrote and co-produced award-winning documentaries. Ron has led the development of unique and award-winning programs and facilities including a Gorilla Conservation Research Center, a Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (dedicated to exploring the relationship between humans and animals over time and in different cultures), the National Amphibian Conservation Center, the Arctic Ring of Life, and the Wild Adventure Simulator (a motion-based cabin simulator that builds empathy for other species as people experience the world of animals through their eyes). Ron has served on and/or chaired the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Michigan Museum Association, Michigan Nature Conservancy, International Council of Museums, American Association of Museums, and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Board of Regents.