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Executive Director Tim MorrowSan Antonio, TX –The San Antonio Zoological Society announces the retirement of J. Stephen McCusker, the Executive Director of the San Antonio Zoo. After a career of over 20 years leading the organization, McCusker will retire November 30. He will be succeeded by Tim Morrow, who will assume the duties of Executive Director effective December 1. Morrow becomes only the seventh Executive Director in the Zoo’s 100-year history.

McCusker’s retirement follows a year-long succession planning process during which the Zoo’s Board of Directors, in collaboration with an executive search firm, embarked on an extended executive search to identify a dynamic individual who will lead this successful non-profit organization. The search attracted more than 140 applicants from throughout the United States.

McCusker’s zoological career spans 44 years, with the last 20 years at the helm of the San Antonio Zoo. His many achievements include opening Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot, Africa Live!, Lory Landing, Gibbon Forrest, and most recently, Zootennial Plaza, which celebrates the Zoo’s 100th anniversary with a new restaurant and carousel. The Zoo attracts an incredible 1.1 million guests each year and is one of only 223 Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions in the United States. McCusker will serve as the Zoo’s consultant until March 31, 2015.  

"Steve’s emphasis on financial stability and good business practice not only allowed the Zoo to continue its amazing animal care, but exponentially increased the Zoo’s conservation and education programs. We are grateful to Steve for his years of leadership and service and wish him the very best in his retirement,” said David S. Herrmann, President of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Zoological Society.

Morrow joins the Zoo with a career spanning nearly 20 years with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, bringing demonstrated success in operations management and guest service as well as a great love for animals. He most recently served as Vice President of SeaWorld Aquatica in San Antonio, a unique waterpark featuring almost 1,000 animals. His experience in San Antonio dates back to being part of the opening team at Fiesta Texas, where he joined the management team for four years before joining SeaWorld San Antonio.  “The selection committee is confident in Tim’s vision to take the San Antonio Zoo to new heights, passionately implementing the Zoo’s mission to foster appreciation and concern for all living things, and attain the Zoo’s animal care, education and conservation goals,” said Herrmann.

Morrow grew up in San Antonio, is a graduate of both San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has enjoyed a long-term career here. Both he and his wife call San Antonio home. Morrow looks forward to leading the fantastic team of managers and staff to guide and inspire them as the San Antonio Zoo rises to an even higher level of achievement in the next 100 years. 

The San Antonio Zoo is celebrating its centennial “Zootennial” in 2014! For one hundred years, the Zoo has provided remarkable animal care and continues to nurture a diverse and thriving plant collection, while consistently offering a recreational and educational experience to over one million guests annually. The Zoo is a non-profit organization and is one of only 223 zoos in the nation, which is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Open 365 days a year. Seniors over the age of 62 and children ages 3 – 11 are $9.50. Adults ages 12 and older are $12.00. Children two and younger are free. Family memberships start at $80.