Director of Fairchild Accepts Highly Coveted Position in Abu Dhabi
Coral Gables, FL, October 16, 2008— For the last five years, Dr. Mike Maunder has been the Executive Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. His broad expertise in conservation and horticulture has been a great part of what has allowed Fairchild to move forward at a rapid pace in the changing world of botanic gardens. Among Fairchild‘s achievements during his tenure have been a number of new international partnerships, a robust participation in international conservation, extensive additions to Fairchild‘s collections, an expanded publishing record, enhanced scientific excellence in a number of areas including preeminence in Caribbean and Florida conservation, great new art exhibitions, and the addition of thousands of new members and friends. During this period of time, no botanic garden has moved further and faster than Fairchild.
Dr. Maunder has accepted a permanent position with the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort in Abu Dhabi as Director of Botany and Landscape. In his new capacity, Dr. Maunder will oversee the development of the botanical and horticultural components of the multi-billion dollar Wildlife Park and botanic garden.
Fairchild will undertake a search for a new director in the near future. In the meantime, the garden will continue to operate smoothly under the guidance of its chief financial and operating officers and members of the board of trustees.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 30,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. We host major art events such as Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild this year and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.