About The Program
Executive director Jeff Swanagan had a vision for starting a children’s book publishing program as a way to extend the Columbus Zoo’s reach to children across the country and around the world.
He believed that the best way to help people—especially children—understand the Zoo and its mission was to touch their hearts first. Jeff's motto was, "Touch the heart to teach the mind."
Jeff's vision continues today under the direction of Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.