Former San Antonio Zoo director, J. Stephen (Steve) McCusker, was named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious R. Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). McCusker had a long and prestigious career in the zoological field. He served as the executive director of San Antonio Zoological Gardens for twenty years, retiring in 2014.

Steve McCusker will be discussing his experience as the former director of the SA Zoo with their work in conservation.