John Walczak was recently named one of three inspectors of the year by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting agency of zoos and aquariums in North America. Walczak was recognized alongside his predecessor, previous Louisville Zoo Director Dr. Bill Foster, now President and Chief Executive Ofﬁ cer of the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama. This recognition is given to those who have contributed to a large number of AZA inspections, ensuring consistency and exceptional quality among accredited organizations. The inspector role is critical to the integrity of the accreditation process. The Louisville Zoo is truly fortunate in having such notable leadership over the past 28 years. Having two of three recognized inspectors associated with Louisville’s Zoo demonstrates a dedication to excellence in Louisville and to zoos and aquariums nationwide.