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National Zoo Biologist Will Talk about the Care of Wild Animals April 14

March 30.2010
Press Release #10-072


What is best for wild animals? Award-winning wildlife biologist and associate director of animal care at the National Zoo Don Moore will talk about "Behavioral and Husbandry Science for Wild Animals in Human Care" at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  in Schaefer Hall, Room 106, at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Sponsored by the college's Museum Studies Program, this event is free and open to the public.

The Smithsonian Institution, said Moore, conducts serious science and conservation work. "To continue to engage and inspire zoo visitors of all ages," he said, "we need to recruit the best young talent in museum studies and biology to the conservation field. I appreciate this opportunity to engage the St Mary's College community."

For more than 30 years, Moore has helped to renovate and manage several zoos across the United States, and create conservation management plans for animals in the wild. He worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York for 10 years as a curator, zoo director, and co-chair of the organization's animal enrichment program prior to joining the Smithsonian. Moore is a volunteer for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, as well as a volunteer technical expert for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission.

He has published more than four dozen papers on animal husbandry and serves as a peer reviewer for scientific journals such as the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. He was a recent contributor to the natural history book Tug Hill: A Four Season Guide and the author of Disney's Wonderful World of Animals (2006) for children ages six to twelve, as well as a contributor and expert reader for a number of children's books published by Scholastic. He has conducted field research on endangered Pampas deer in both North and South America, and researched the behavior of bears, frogs, and visitor behavior.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.