Mystic, CT - Mystic Aquarium is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry J. Rivarde to the position of Senior Vice President of Zoological Operations and Business Development. In his role, Mr. Rivarde will be responsible for leading animal husbandry, including marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates in direct support of the mission programs at Mystic Aquarium. Life support systems, veterinary services and animal rescue and rehabilitation will also be under his stewardship.
Mr. Rivarde comes to Mystic Aquarium from the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, LA, where he has served as the Vice President of Audubon Nature Institute and Managing Director of the Audubon Zoo since 2001. With a background that also includes tenure as the Chief Financial Officer of New Orleans City Park, Mr. Rivarde combines keen business acumen with a resolute focus on enhancing animal care and operations and improving guest experiences.
“Mr. Rivarde was appointed after a lengthy search considering some of the top animal husbandry and veterinary experts in the nation”, said Dr. Stephen Coan, President and CEO of Mystic Aquarium. “His passion for animals, the mission of zoos and aquariums, and extensive management experience make him an outstanding choice for this key leadership role at Mystic Aquarium”.
Mr. Rivarde, who holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University, and an undergraduate degree from Xavier University, is well known for his leadership within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The management of Zoological Operations will also see the promotion of long-time Mystic Aquarium chief veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle to Vice President of Biological Programs. Dr. Tuttle will have direct responsibility for animal husbandry and animal care including veterinary services.
“Mystic Aquarium is committed to our mission of protecting our ocean planet through conservation, education and research,” continued Dr. Coan. “We are dedicated to providing the highest standards of animal care and guest experience. The appointment of Larry Rivarde and promotion of Dr. Allison Tuttle reflects our total commitment to this mission”.