The Sedgwick County Zoo is losing its longtime director.
Executive Director Mark Reed came to the zoo in Wichita in 1979 for what was supposed to be a short stint as assistant director before moving on to another zoo.
Instead, he stayed 11 years and then was promoted to director, and he never left.
When he retires on Dec. 31, Reed will have spent 37 years at the zoo.
"I look at all zoos as a reflection of the community, and this community loves the zoo," Reed says. "It’s been a great time here doing something for this community."