Tim Binder

Former Executive Vice President, Animal Care at Shedd Aquarium Society

Tim Binder

Tim Binder

Former Executive Vice President, Animal Care at Shedd Aquarium Society

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With more than 35 years of experience in both fishes and marine mammal husbandry, Tim Binder is a trusted resource for counsel on animal transports, acquisitions, strandings and rehabilitations. In 2012, he was part of a team of marine mammal husbandry experts from leading U.S. aquariums that provided around-the-clock intensive care to a newborn beluga whale calf stranded in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This was only the second time such a rescue had been attempted at a North American zoological facility.Before joining Shedd in 2009, Binder was director of husbandry at the Georgia Aquarium, where he supervised the fishes, marine mammals, birds and animal health divisions. He helped assemble the team that successfully opened the new aquarium with a fully stocked collection in more than 8 million gallons of exhibit space. To accomplish this significant task, Binder drew upon his expertise to move several never-before-transported animals to Atlanta, including whale sharks and the aquarium’s first manta ray, Nandi.Binder previously served as the vice president of zoological operations at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, where he supervised the departments of fishes, marine mammals, birds, laboratory, facilities and stranded-animal rescue and rehabilitation. He also oversaw the animal side of a $53 million expansion and renovation of the aquarium. Before that he was a co-owner of Marine Life Aquarium in Rapid City, South Dakota. Binder also has assisted zoo and aquarium facilities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa with animal transports and developing staff training and husbandry advancements for their collections.A veteran of countless rescue and rehabilitation efforts, Binder is a valued resource for aquatic animals in need. He has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2000 documentary Whale Rescue: Stranded Friends, which tied for Best Independent Film in the 2001 International Wildlife Film Festival awards for its portrayal of the successful rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild of two juvenile pilot whales.Binder is a professional fellow in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, where he serves on the annual conference committee. He is an active member of the International Marine Animals Trainer's Association, the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and the Society for Marine Mammology.

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Senior Director of Public Relations & Communications at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Senior Director of Animal Care & Sustainability at Shedd Aquarium Society

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President & Chief Executive Officer at National Black MBA Association

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Chief Executive Officer, Shedd Aquarium at Gulf of Maine Research Institute

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Director of Research & Evaluation at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Director, Guest Engagement at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Senior Vice President, Conservation Partnerships & Programs at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Vice President, Environmental Quality at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Chief Marketing & Experience Officer at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Tim Binder
Former Executive Vice President, Animal Care at Shedd Aquarium Society
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THE ASSOCIATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND AQUARIUMS IN THE AREAS OF SPECIES CONSERVATION, ANIMAL WELFARE, AND CONSERVATION EDUCATION.

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Executive Vice President, Animal Care
2009 - Prior

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Opened on May 30, 1930, the 5,000,000 US gal (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) aquarium was for some time the largest indoor facility in the world. Today it holds some 32,000 animals. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is located on Lake Michigan, on the Museum Campus Chicago, along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. In 2015, the aquarium had 2.02 million visitors. It was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for "best exhibit" from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Director Husbandry
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Georgia Aquarium provides an entertaining, engaging and educational experience inspiring stewardship in conservation, research and the appreciation for the animal world.

Vice President of Zoological Operations
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Mystic Aquarium is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. As a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close animal encounters, Mystic Aquarium showcases the living collections, science and conservation work of Sea Research Foundation through exhibits, demonstrations and educational programming.

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