Garden City, NY — NAPW honors Maria C. Tabraue, Co-Founder, Director, Vice
President and Secretary of Zoological Wildlife Foundation, as a 2014 Professional
Woman of the Year. Ms. Tabraue is recognized with this prestigious distinction for
leadership in business. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of
professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession,
the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking
community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.
“Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) is the fulfillment of my family’s dream,” says
Ms. Tabraue, who is passionate about educating the public about animals, their care
and conservation. More than ten years ago, Ms. Tabraue and her husband purchased
five beautiful acres of land south of Miami. They hired a wonderful, dedicated staff to
help them create a safe environment for endangered, often rare, creatures who have
been acquired for breeding and conservation, as well as rescued wildlife in need of
ZWF is accredited by the Zoological Association of America as a zoo and a
conservation facility that has everything from domestic animals and primates to large
predatory birds and mammals. There are dozens of exotic species at ZWF facility and
it offers more animal encounters than any South Florida zoo. Some of its most popular
exotics include a giant ant eater, sloth, Bengal tiger, white Bengal tiger, white handed
gibbon and an Eurasian eagle owl.
Ms. Tabraue obtained a Legal Assistance degree from Florida International University
and attended Nova University for her Bachelor degree in Professional Management
degree. She oversees and manages the day-to-day business segment of ZWF, including
handling and coordinating the accounting, finance and marketing responsibilities.
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to
successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire,
connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive
benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and
empower each other.