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Daniel Maloney appointed Louisville Zoo director

Dan Maloney

Dan Maloney has been appointed the new director of the Louisville Zoo. Maloney is only the fifth director in the Zoo’s 52-year history. His appointment comes after an extensive national search managed by the Chicago firm Gomez Partners.

Maloney has decades of experience within Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos.  He comes to Louisville from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has been the Deputy Zoo Director for Animal Care, Conservation, and Wellness since 2010. In his role there, he helped raise funds for the JZG’s capital campaign, served as the Zoo’s point person with the AZA, planned and developed multi-million-dollar budgets, and worked with staff to create unique guest experiences.

He has served as General Manager for Life Sciences at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo, a Curator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as Vice President and General Curator for the New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo, where he led the crew who remained behind during Hurricane Katrina. He’s also a proud and active Rotarian, having served as the president of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville from 2019 to 2020.

Maloney will assume the Zoo Director role in early October and replaces retiring Zoo director John Walczak

As Zoo Director, Maloney will be responsible for shaping the Zoo’s vision, as well as overseeing the work of 120 full-time, 10 part-time, and more than 100 seasonal employees. 

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