Monday, March, 2019
San Antonio Zoo Master Plan General Update
This month’s meeting offers chapter members a wild adventure. We’re going to the San Antonio Zoo, home to more than 750 species on a green oasis in the heart of the city. Join us to learn about the plan to expand the Zoo’s 56-acre campus from Zoo CEO Tim Morrow. With a vision to secure a future for wildlife, this new 20-year, $200-million dollar Master Plan will renovate existing enclosures and add new attraction and naturalistic habitats many of which will be on unused land on the zoo’s property.
CEO / Executive Director
San Antonio Zoo
Tim is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as San Antonio College. Prior to joining San Antonio Zoo in December 2014, Tim had a 24-year career in the theme park industry which included the opening of several theme parks including Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Parque Plaza Sésamo in Monterrey, Mexico, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida and most recently Aquatica Waterpark in San Antonio, Texas.
He currently serves as the CEO and Executive Director for San Antonio Zoo and Will Smith Zoo School. Tim leads a team of nine vice presidents who together oversee more than 500 employees, 600 volunteers and care for a multitude of animal species, some of which are threatened or endangered. Tim’s vision to take San Antonio Zoo to new heights began with investing $5 million into upgrading and renovating more than 100 animal habitats in his first two years. The most dramatic first improvements were the opening of a new home for giraffes, expanding and improving the elephant habitat, and redesigning and expanding the African lion habitat. In January 2018, the zoo’s preschool, Will Smith Zoo School opened on its new campus, becoming the largest nature based preschool in the country and the largest investment in the society’s history. Tim serves on the board for several organizations, including the International Elephant Foundation, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Sports, San Antonio Tourism Council, Texas Travel Industry Association, UTSA Alumni Association, Young Presidents Organization’s San Antonio chapter, and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group.
While away from the “office,” Tim cheers on the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys, and he enjoys traveling with his wife Jennifer and children.