Conversations with Hilary: Tanya Peterson


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Hilary talks with her friend, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Zoo, Tanya Peterson. Tanya came to the Zoo at a time of crisis and has worked on changing perceptions about the San Francisco Zoo. In this Conversations with Hilary, Tanya shows her true colors as a caring women doing extraordinary things.
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What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Becoming a Zoo Director

Do you have a prized possession?
My children and my Vizsla (dog)
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What qualities do you think others love about you?
Integrity, work ethic and humor

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
While my children are still young, I think about being a full-time mother
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What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
Working with a sense of purpose and with others who share the same passion
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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hug my dog (and she usually wakes me up in the morning, too)

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Having dinner at home and cooked by my husband (he is a good cook!)

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
The law and journalism because I saw them as ways to make a difference

What are you passionate about now?
Conservation of earth’s wildlife
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What’s your favorite season and why?
The Fall in San Francisco — just can’t be beat
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If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you
Photos of my children, a journal and an expresso machine
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If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Martini with a twist

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Chris Isaak’s “San Francisco Days”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Lunch with Dr. Jane Goodall

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Something like, “How I Tried to Save a Zoo”
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Do you have any regrets?
Not visiting Africa

Define freedom?
Having a choice.
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What are your personal core values?
Respecting all and achieving balance.

 

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