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Dr. Jordan Schaul is an Associate Conservation Biologist for Western Wildlife Outreach. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Biodiversity Group (TBG) and Grizzly People. The California-based Grizzly People supported the work of the late Timothy Treadwell. The Arizona-based TBG is dedicated to preserving forgotten fauna like reptiles and amphibians of tropical and subtropical environments.

Prior to working with wildlife in sanctuaries, Jordan served as the General Curator and the Director of Operations at a zoo in Southern California. He also consulted as the Special Projects & Development Adviser for South Asia's largest wildlife rescue and conservation organization. In addition, he served as the organization's associate wildlife biologist during part of 2013.

Since returning from India, he has been writing the sequel to the popular domestic cat book "The Cat Whisperer" with co-author Mieshelle Nagelschneider.

Before returning to Southern California to work with zoos and sanctuaries, Jordan was the Director of Conservation and Science at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where he was formerly animal curator.

Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Jordan graduated from University School---a college preparatory boys' school in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He earned his BA in Biology-Psychology from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York). He began his career as an animal keeper/animal trainer, working with captive animal ambassadors at several zoos, aquariums, living museums and a sanctuary. Jordan received his PhD in conservation medicine from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in zoology. While working on his PhD he also attended veterinary school.

He is a council member (ex officio) of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), a former member of the coordinator's committee for the Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and an advisor to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Jordan also serves as the Captive News correspondent for International Bear News and formerly served as the Correspondent Editor for the IBA/IUCN-BSG publication. He also writes for print media.

He is a member of the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society, which promotes high standards for wild carnivore care and welfare among private sanctuaries in North America. In 2013, Jordan joined the IUCN's Conservation Education Commission.

Jordan is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (Health Sciences) and a Research Scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Institute of Arctic Biology). He is also a Professional Member of the Zoological Association of America.

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Jordan is based in Portland, Oregon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Schaul) Email him at jcschaul@aol.com.

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