Columbus Zoo, Animal Programs Director
Suzi Rapp was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School. She attended Ohio University and earned bachelor’s degrees in Health and Human Sciences and Education. She began her career at the Columbus Zoo over 29 years ago in the Education Department. While she was a part of this department she designed many of the Education programs still used at the zoo today. In 1987 she developed the Promotions Department to accommodate the demands of up and rising conservationist, Jack Hanna. During her time in this department she has raised over 200 animals.
She is currently the Director of the Animal Programs department where she coordinates all the animals that travel out of the zoo for Jack Hanna’s programs and community outreaches. Recently she has worked to develop the new exhibit Animal Encounters Village that brings animals up close and personal with visitors at the Columbus Zoo. She was also a key person in bringing the new Joel Slaven Animals on Safari show to the zoo.
She is very active in the Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums. She is also a member of Animal Welfare Committee and serves as the Public Relations Liaison for the Cheetah Species Survival Plan. She is a key player in fundraising for the survival of cheetahs and through her work at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has raised over $100,000 for cheetah conservation.
She currently resides in Ostrander, Ohio with her husband Rick, daughter Brannon and three dogs Buddy, Thai and Cody.