Zoo News is Good News: Meet New Zoo Director Donald Moore, PhD, Smithsonian Wildlife Expert

By Oregon Zoo Staff

Don Moore

Donald E. Moore, Ph.D.

The most-visited paid attraction in the state has a new leader. Donald E. Moore, Ph.D. — a senior scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with nearly 40 years of experience in wildlife conservation, animal welfare and zoo management — will become the Oregon Zoo’s next director this month. Moore is set to assume his new duties Feb. 29.

“I am honored, and I look forward to working with such a dedicated, passionate group of staff, volunteers and supporters,” Moore said. “The Oregon Zoo is already regarded as one of the top zoos in the country, and it’s headed in a great direction. I want to build on that and help keep that momentum going.”

For the past 10 years, Moore has worked at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, most recently as a senior scientist for conservation programs on assignment with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. From 2006 to 2014, he was associate director for animal-care sciences, leading the National Zoo’s team of veterinarians, curators, keepers, nutritionists, horticulturists and animal behavior professionals.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Moore worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, where he was director of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo and co-chair of the society’s renowned Animal Enrichment Program.

Moore credits his strong conservation ethic to his upbringing in upstate New York, where he learned to fish, camp, hike, ski and “make excellent jams and jellies” — and he looks forward to living in Oregon, with its abundance of natural areas and easy access to outdoor activities.

He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in wildlife management and conservation biology from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.

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