Inspector of the Year: Operations

Stacey Johnson, Corporate Director of Conservation and Research, San Diego Zoo Global

Stacey Johnson is Corporate Director of Conservation and Research for San Diego Zoo Global.  He leads the Northern White Rhinoceros Initiative, manages the post-doctoral fellowship program, guides strategy for the Global Partnerships and Community Engagement teams, facilitates additional projects and programs and supports the Chief Conservation and Research Officer. He is active in AZA, presently chairing the Animal Population Management Committee, serving as Program Leader for the Jaguar SSP, and Studbook Keeper as well as a steering committee member for the Felid TAG.  He is a past member of the AZA Ethics Board, the AZA Accreditation Commission and past chairman of the AZA Bear TAG.  Stacey has participated as an active accreditation inspector since 1997.  He is a 1985 graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.  He began his career in 1987 as a zookeeper, working his way to progressively higher responsibilities in education, animal management, and zoo administration.  His field conservation experience includes camera trapping jaguars in Yucatán, México; working with Pecos pupfish in Texas; and coordinating a portion of a brown bear study in Alaska.  Stacey is passionate about conservation and research and when asked to name the favorite part of his job, his answer is “Whatever I’m working on at the moment.” 


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