Zoological Society names new president, CEO

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee has named a new president and CEO.

Milwaukee native Jodi Gibson will return to her Wisconsin roots to lead the organization, which aims to conserve wildlife and endangered species and educate the public about the importance of wildlife while also supporting the Milwaukee County Zoo.

'Gibson steps into her new role with a unique approach as she has held senior leadership positions in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors,' said Zoological Society of Milwaukee board chairwoman Caroline Krider.

Gibson has led fundraising activities for Feeding America, the country's largest hunger-relief charity, and has served as the vice president of corporate social responsibility with two Fortune 200 companies — J.C. Penney and, most recently, Kellogg Co., according to a news release.

'Her extensive experience and hands-on style will greatly benefit the Zoological Society of Milwaukee,' Krider said.

Zoo announces arrival

of new female orangutan

The Milwaukee County Zoo is now home to an 11-year-old female Bornean orangutan named Rayma, who arrived from the Topeka Zoo as a companion for resident male Tommy.

Rayma is now on public exhibit in the Primates of the World building, according to a news release.

Rayma is 'very sweet and gentle with animal staff and Tommy' and likes to stand on top of large items such as plastic barrels, the statement said. Not long after the two orangutans were introduced, zookeepers observed some play behavior, grooming and food sharing between them, according to the release.

According to the zoo, orangutans are critically endangered in their native Indonesia due to deforestation caused by the harvesting of palm oil. Palm oil is found in many common products such as soaps and snack foods.

Book title unveiled for Tosa's fourth all-city read

The Neighborhood Association Council of Wauwatosa has announced the title for the fourth annual Tosa's All-City Read.

The organization has selected 'A Man Called Ove' by Swedish author Fredrik Backman based on suggestions from book clubs, local individuals, a panel of literature teachers, librarians and experts, according to a news release.

The annual event aims to have everyone in Wauwatosa 'on the same page' and increase participation in neighborhood associations. The majority of all-city read events will take place in February 2017, with possible activities like book discussions, guest speakers, a writing contest, cultural events and a return of the popular Battle of the Bartenders competition.

The next selection was first published in Sweden in 2012 and became a No. 1 bestseller there, according to the release.

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