Kevin J. Bell, council, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Kevin J. Bell, president and chief executive of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, has been elected to the nine-member council of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Bell is one of three U.S. council members of WAZA, a global organization charged with guiding, encouraging and supporting the zoos, aquariums and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation. Bell recently was chairman of the board for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. A New York native and graduate of Syracuse University, Bell was raised on the grounds of the world-famous Bronx Zoo. His family's house was located behind the reptile house. His father was the zoo's curator of birds. In 1976, at 23, he was hired as Lincoln Park Zoo's curator of birds -- the youngest curator in the zoo's history. In 1993, he was named zoo director. At Lincoln Park Zoo, Bell has been instrumental in leading the $125 million capital campaign that created state-of-the-art habitats and developed an endowment to secure the zoo for future generations. Bell also has overseen the creation of one of the leading zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country.