Throughout my career it has been fascinating for me to watch and be a part of the change that has occurred in my profession. Originally simple menageries of individual animals put on display for people to observe, the modern day zoo has grown to encompass exhibits depicting animals in more naturalistic environments, rich science education programs that reach visitors of all ages, and conservation programs on the local, national, and international levels, while still being institutions that offer popular, safe family experiences that are fun. Indeed, when we now say “zoo” we are describing an institution that is complex, rich in diversity, and supports a myriad of public programs, all with the common goal of showing our visitors the fascinating world of nature, thus fostering in them the need for its preservation for future generations. In a very real sense, the history of Rolling Hills Zoo has mirrored the growth of the modern zoo and aquarium. Starting as a simple collection of interesting animals, we became a wildlife refuge, continued to grow and became a modern zoological organization. In recognition of this, the Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting voted unanimously to formally change our name to Rolling Hills Zoo. The Rolling Hills portion recognizes both our history and the legacy left to us by Charlie Walker and the Walker family, while the remainder of the name recognizes that we are as any other modern zoo today. We engage in public science education, significant conservation and animal welfare projects, and deliver the very best in animal care and welfare for our animals, while providing engaging, meaningful family oriented experiences that last a lifetime. I am very proud and honored to have been chosen to help lead this marvelous institution and I look forward to working with all of you in taking the next step in the life of Rolling Hills Zoo.