First Woman Appointed Director of National

Dr. Lucy H. Spelman was recently named director of the National Zoo, making her the first woman and youngest person to hold the prestigious job. As director, Spelman joins the ranks of only a handful of women in the United States to head major zoos. Having previously served as chief veterinarian at the National Zoo, Spelman will supervise a staff of 324 and an annual budget of more than $26 million.


The Washington Post - 22 June 2000

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