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Photo of Donald Lindburg DONALD LINDBURG

Don's interest in wildlife began during his years as a youth in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. As a graduate student and college professor he spent three years in Southeast Asia conducting studies of wildlife, and saw first-hand the tremendous effect of centuries of impact on our fragile planet.

After earning a B.A. at Houghton College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago, Don attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1967. For the first 13 years of his academic career, he held professorships in Anthropology at the University of California (Los Angeles and Davis).

In 1979 Don was recruited by the Zoological Society of San Diego to head up a new program in animal behavior research. Not having had much prior contact with zoos, he was impressed by San Diego's commitment to a scientific approach to captive breeding and management of wildlife and by its considerable financial resources which could be brought to bear on conservation concerns.

"I am pleased to be working in an environment where there is a major commitment to wildlife conservation and where I feel I can make a real contribution," says Don. "I rest in the knowledge that my colleagues and I have made a valiant effort in trying to make the world a friendlier place for wild forms."

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