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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Looks at 2017 Highlights

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo welcomed over 860,000 guests from 41 states in 2017 — once again being recognized as the #1 attended non-profit attraction in the region. 2017 saw significant births of endangered species and the passing of dearly beloved animal ambassadors like our male African lion Kenya. The Zoo won several prestigious Zoo industry awards and activated the final projects of the Leadership Capital Campaign. Here are just a few Zoo moments from the past 12 months: Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak was named an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation inspector of the year in 2017. AZA announced…


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First Steller’s Sea-Eagle Hatchlings in LouisvilleKY in 48 years

Photos taken from The Louisville Zoo’s nest cam… Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Zoo is thrilled to announce the first Steller’s sea-eagle hatchlings in the Zoo’s 48-year history. The Zoo’s collection has included Steller’s sea-eagles for nearly 20 years, although the new sea-eagle exhibit opened in 2013 and features a 50-foot-tall aviary where you can see red-breasted geese, azure-winged magpie and mandarin ducks. The eaglets can be seen daily on a nest cam at the exhibit in Glacier Run.   “These two hatchings are significant to the Species Survival Plan as a whole bringing the total of Steller’s sea-eagle managed population…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo celebrates financial boost

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the completion of its Leadership Capital Campaign. Today, Mayor Fischer, Louisville Zoo Board president Darryl Metzger and Zoo Director John Walczak announced the final major gift to the campaign. Thanks to a $1 million gift from The John H. Schnatter Family Foundation, the Leadership Campaign exceeded its goal of $10.4 million for a final raised amount of $11.44 million. In recognition of the Schnatter Family’s gift, the Zoo also announced today the naming of the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation Plaza at Leopard Leap. This area will be an inviting space, welcoming…


The Zoo Ranks 12th, and We’re Inside 100 Days to Kickoff

Don’t miss my conversation with Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak on the Rusty Satellite Show (also featuring graphic facilitator Kat Gentner). While I was at the Zoo Tuesday, I took this photo of John in front of an animatronic bug. We also discussed, outside the interview, how the Zoo overcame the bad public relations from the 2009 train derailment. Walczak explained the thorough safety precautions now in place. Originally we had planned to do the interview to promote the Zoo’s participating in a USA Today contest in which online voters selected the best Zoo in the country. The results just came…