Jordan Schaul is a former zoo keeper and served as general curator at the Orange County Zoo. He also served as the curator/conservation biologist at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then as the organization’s Director of Conservation and Science. He now works on special projects for South Asia’s largest wildlife rescue organization—Wildlife SOS.
Jordan is also a science writer and Contributing Editor for National Geographic Society’s editorial news blog. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a Research Scientist II at the University of Alaska, Fairbank’s Institute of Arctic Biology. Jordan is interested in health, science,education, and marketing programs for living institutions, museums, and conservation NGOs dedicated to the advancement of special species animal welfare, conservation and outreach.
Jordan holds a PhD in conservation and veterinary preventive medicine from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in zoology. His specific interests are in carnivoran (mammalian carnivores.) conservation medicine, conservation education, as well as collection husbandry science and management.
Jordan completed course work towards a doctorate in ectotherm (herpetile/fish) physiological ecology and climate change ecology and went on to work in an avian disease surveillance laboratory. He also attended veterinary school before taking a leave to pursue projects with international conservation organizations and living collection management. Jordan has worked with captive wildlife in zoos, aquariums, marine parks, sanctuaries, rehabilitation facilities and laboratories. He also co-hosted a zoo-oriented television program produced by a local network affiliate.
Jordan is an advisor to the National Wildlife Humane Society and a Fellow of the Conservation Science Institute. He serves as an ex officio council member to the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) and an advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Bear Taxon Advisory Group (AZA BEAR TAG). Jordan also serves as an editor for International Bear News, an IBA/IUCN publication and as a member and Coordinator for Education and Outreach for the Bear Specialist Group (SSC IUCN). He served as an editorial assistant to the Editor of the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine (AAZV/EAZWV/ACZM) and as a reviewer for the journal, Herpetologica. He also served on committees for AAZV, EAZWV, AAZK, ZRA and others. Jordan produces and co-hosts two wildlife oriented radio programs with actress and media trainer/consultant, Sandra Dee Robinson, celebrity animal behaviorist and zoo conservationist, Dr. Grey Stafford, an apprentice of Jungle Jack Hanna and colleague Steve Mendive.
“Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” -Mark Twain
Jordan created the Zoo Peeps brand which hosts web media resources, new media communication venues, a global, web-based, zoo professionals’ directory zoo peeps network, and two radio programs. Zoo Talkin’ Radio is a conservation oriented, web-based radio program, which features interviews with some of the world’s leading wildlife conservationists and zoo biologists. The program is co-hosted by Sandra Dee Robinson, Conrad Schmitt and Grey Stafford.
“Miscellaneous Activities: In 2008, I hosted the first international bear husbandry conference in Los Angeles. I conceived of the Bear Informational Exchange for Zoos, Rehabs. & Sanctuaries (BIERZS) conference after visiting a WSPA bear sanctuary outside of Hungary. The sanctuary was serviced by veterinarians from the Budapest Zoo and served as a temporary home for the zoo’s brown bears. The collaboration inspired me to invite zoo, rehab, and sanctuary personnel to convene for an unprecedented opportunity to exchange practical information for managing bears in captivity. Historically, disparate philosophies have impeded effective communication efforts and segregated different factions of captive wildlife sectors. This event was sponsored in- part by the AZA BEAR TAG, Polar Bears International, WSPA, the Los Angeles Zoo and others. The conference proceedings can be downloaded from the IBA website or my dated Bear Keepers’ website, Bear Ambassadors (best viewed w/ Internet Explorer) or at a new site under development: Bear Keeper’s Forum . “