The Belize Zoo announced this week that Celso Poot, long time employee and Manager of Operations and Finance, will now lead the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center as Director. Celso succeeds the Founding Director, Sharon Matola, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the zoo and education center.
As the Director, Celso will provide leadership and vision for the institution and will be supported by the existing management team of nine other members. He has worked in and managed various departments at TBZTEC, since he started working here in 1995. Upon taking on the role of Manager of Operations and Finance in 2008, Celso worked closely with the Founding Director in the growth and evolution of the institution.
“I am so incredibly honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by my colleagues and for the opportunity to lead this very important wildlife conservation institution,” Celso said. “I am looking forward to continue working with our team as we strive to carry on the legacy Sharon left us. We are certainly well positioned to do this.”
A home grown wildlife conservationist, Celso holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Science from Galen University and University of Indianapolis, a Master of Arts in Zoology from Miami University’s Global Field Program and is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, in Interdisciplinary Ecology with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Celso also spent two stints in the public sector at the Ministry of Agriculture and at the Ministry of Natural Resources. He assumed his new role as Director of TBZTEC on April 26.