Maria Tabraue – Professional Women of the Year

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.

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