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Tom Pearson Named Zoo Director

City of Monroe

Tom Pearson has been named the new director for the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, effective Monday, September 14, 2020. Pearson replaces former zoo director Joe Clawson.

Pearson, a well-known television meteorologist in the northeast Louisiana for the past 25 years, has been a strong supporter of the Monroe zoo for more than 12 years and was instrumental in working with the Zoological Society to rebuild the zoo’s miniature train and railroad system.

Doug Seegers, director of Community Affairs for the City of Monroe said, “Tom brings a true love and passion for our zoo and will be a guiding force in helping us transform and improve the facility for the animals and the public. We are excited to have him on board.”

“Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has so much untapped potential for our city and this region,” Pearson said. “I see a lot of opportunity here, and I look forward to working with others who love our zoo and want to see it become a major destination in our part of the state.”

Pearson has lived in Monroe since 1993. He is married to Jennifer Pearson, a 3rd grade science teacher. They have four children.