Gary Robson selected as Executive Director

2 November 2018

Downloadable Resources

See our Press Kit page for hi-res Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary logos.

Full Text of Press Release

Red Lodge — 2 November 2018 — Gary Robson, who has been running the education department for the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary since last March, has been promoted to Executive Director of the Sanctuary effective today. Before becoming an employee, he served on the Sanctuary’s Board of Directors.

Robson has extensive experience in management, technology, and retail operations. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees, including the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce, Beartooth Elks, Festival of Nations, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the City of Red Lodge. He is also the author of the Who Pooped in the Park children’s books. He and his family have lived in Carbon County since 2001, and they currently own the Phoenix Pearl Tea Tavern.

For three and a half years, the Sanctuary has operated without an Executive Director, with four department heads reporting to the Board of Directors. With the number of projects and improvements in the works, the Board felt that it was time to put a single person in charge of the Sanctuary.

The Board made several other changes in staffing at the same time, including two other internal promotions, elimination of two positions, and the creation of three new positions. The new job openings are posted on the Sanctuary’s website at

“We have a strong team at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary,” Robson said, “and I am looking forward to expanding that team and continuing the great work everyone has been doing.”

Two of the Sanctuary’s big projects, the new gray wolf habitat and the migratory bird building for the sandhill cranes and turkey vultures, are nearing completion. This summer, the Sanctuary added a new raccoon, a ferruginous hawk, and two coyote pups. The front deck was rebuilt, and the Sanctuary is now raising funds for a remodeling project in the education building.


About the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable greater Yellowstone ecosystem wildlife while sharing a message of conservation and education. For 31 years, the Sanctuary has been providing safe, comfortable homes and long, fulfilling lives to animals whose only other option was euthanasia. Find out more at or drop by and visit to meet the animals and see the projects that are underway.

Media Contact

Gary Robson, Executive Director
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary