September 14, 2012

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Louisville Zoo Recognized for Top Honors in Exhibit Design

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 14, 2012) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Louisville Zoo has received Top Honors in the AZA 2012 Award for Exhibit Design for the Glacier Run exhibit.

The award-winning exhibit is modeled after Churchill, Canada, a town on the edge of the Arctic wilderness where residents have learned to live in balance with nature. Glacier Run features seals and sea lions, a rescued grizzly bear family and three polar bears including Qannik, the wild-born orphaned polar bear cub that made national headlines when she was found alone on Alaska’s North Slope in 2011.

“This award is the highest honor for new exhibits, and the Louisville Zoo is on the leading edge of zoological exhibits in North America,” said AZA president and CEO Jim Maddy. “This exhibit demonstrates the Louisville Zoo’s innovation and dedication to the best in animal care and public education.”

“Glacier Run has exceeded our expectations, and our guests and visiting professionals are always surprised at the immersive experience of Glacier Run,” said John Walczak, Louisville Zoo Director. “We are proud to offer extraordinary spaces and enrichment opportunities for our animals as well as a place where visitors can have fun and learn about the arctic and some of the most important environmental stories of our generation.”

“We are creating world class, innovative thinking in Louisville and the experience that Glacier Run offers to visitors of the Louisville Zoo solidly lives up to that ideal,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Glacier Run is not only a huge addition to our city’s strong visitor attractions and quality of life it is a superb destination and environment for lifelong learning and adventure for people of all ages.”

Glacier Run was one of eight entries for the Exhibit Award. The exhibit has achieved its primary goals:

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.