DONALD LINDBURG, PhD, LEAD CONSULTANT OF sdpandas.com.

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SCIENTIST, CONSULTANT, TOUR LEADER, LECTURER, MEDIA ADVISOR

Specialties: Animal Behavior, Giant Pandas, Cheetahs, Bears, Primates, Human Biology and Behavior, China, India, Design of Animal Facilities

PhD degree in Biological Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.

15 years of experience in University teaching; 27 years of experience as head of major conservation programs for endangered species (Zoological Society of San Diego)

Dr. Lindburg is Director Emeritus of the San Diego Zoo’s Office of Giant Panda Conservation. His career began as a professor at the University of California, Davis in 1967. On being recruited by the Zoo in 1979 to develop a research program in Animal Behavior, he studied California condors, Asian elephants, bears, cheetahs, and various primates. From 1995 to 2006, he directed the Zoo’s captive breeding program for giant pandas and its research effort in China. Don has also served as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' panda coordinator since 1997. He has visited China on 20 occasions to negotiate with government officials, to tour panda habitats, and to consult on many of the issues related to the international effort to conserve pandas.

He is considered to be a major authority on giant pandas, cheetahs and primates, and many other aspects of animal behavior. Don has been heavily involved with media events, and from 1999 to his retirement in 2006 he averaged over 50 interviews per year. He is known as a factual and entertaining lecturer, and has been invited on many occasions to give presentations at scientific and popular events around the world.

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