Dr. Don Moore has been a zoo-based endangered species conservation specialist and animal behaviorist for over 30 years. He currently works as Director of the Oregon Zoo as a Smithsonian senior science advisor and as an advisor for zoos and aquariums around the world. He previously lead Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Animal Care Sciences’ team, providing excellence in animal care for the zoo.
Prior to working at Smithsonian, Dr. Moore worked as a curator, animal behavior programs leader and director in Wildlife Conservation Society’s constellation of zoos and global conservation programs, New York City, and was founding Vice-Chair and current Advisor of the Animal Welfare Committee for the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA). While he was Chair of the AZA Bear Taxon Advisory Group he helped spearhead a nationwide effort to reduce stereotypic behavior (stress) in captive polar bears. Dr. Moore Moore holds a Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has published over four dozen papers or manuals on animal husbandry and behavior; serves as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals; and has received national and local awards for his work. He recently wrote the children's natural history book, Disney's Wonderful World of Animals (2006).