I have substantial experience in evaluation of research and conservation programs for both government and private entities. My expertise has been sought, for example, by governments of India, China, and the USA in evaluation of conservation programs and by the National Institutes of Health for research programs both in the USA and abroad.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service, evaluation of nature reserves in China
  • Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology (NIH, Inter-agency Primate Steering Committee), Calcutta, India. Surveys of endangered primates.
  • National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD, primate research project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • China Wildlife Conservation Association and Beijing Center for Breeding Endangered Species. Captive breeding and field research on the golden monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana, Beijing, Chengdu, and Baihe Nature Reserve, China.
  • National Institutes of Health, Delta Regional Primate Research Center, Tulane University, Covington, LA, rehabilitation of limb-deafferented crab-eating macaques.
  • National Institutes of Health, Ad Hoc Committee on Surplus Chimpanzees, Washington, DC.
  • Endangered Species Institute, Honolulu, HA.
  • Indianapolis Zoo, establishment of a research program.
  • National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, peer review panel.
  • New England Regional Primate Research Center, Harvard University, National Institutes of Health Site Review Panel.
  • Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, National Institutes of Health Site Review Panel.
  • Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (IUCN), Madras, India, Population Habitat Viability Analysis Workshop for lion-tailed macaques.
  • California Regional Primate Research Center, University of California, Davis, CA, National Institutes of Health Site Review Panel.
  • Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (IUCN), Chengdu, China, workshop on the status of captive giant panda.



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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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