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John Walczak, Louisville Zoo

John T. Walczak has served as the director of the Louisville Zoo opened on May 1, 1969, and is dedicated to education, conservation, scientific study and recreation. It is the designated "State Zoo of Kentucky."

Accredited by the American Zoological Association (AZA) in 1980, the Louisville Zoo exhibits more than 1,300 animals in a variety of settings and habitats, including the popular 4-acre Gorilla Forest.

In 2009 (its 40th year), the Louisville Zoo continues to grow and expand.

As part of its Master Development Plan, the next major exhibit on the horizon is Glacier Run - a polar bear habitat.

In addition to being the director of the Louisville Zoo, Mr. Walczak has written articles for zoo publications and is a member of several professional organizations, including Arts and Cultural Attractions Network, Metro Partnership for Green Cities, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Learn more about the Louisville Zoo's history. Plus, check out our Louisville Life feature story on Scotty the Elephant and the Zoo's species survival and conservation programs.

Program 321
Louisville Life lets it ride at the French Lick Resort Casino, admires the adorable animals at a locally-owned pet shop, celebrates the zoo's 40th anniversary and remembers jazz great Lionel Hampton. (#321)