Ken Stott, Jr. was a mammal keeper when he was drafted for military service. Upon his return, he was promoted to mammal curator—as well as acting as the editor of ZOONOOZ magazine. He had written a series of articles for ZOONOOZ about his travels during the war, including zoos he visited when he was on leave. Ken had grown up around the Zoo, having started there selling peanuts at 10 years old. He was one of several staff members that Belle Benchley fondly said she "raised from a pup," and he said of her that she was the one person who had most influenced his life.