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Dr. Jordan Schaul 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. Jordan can be contacted at jordan@zoopeeps.info or visit his IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4721849/).

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Opinion Piece: Copenhagen Zoo Could Put Zoos Out of Business

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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: An Interview with General John E. Michel

Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews distinguished Brigadier General John E. Michel for National Geographic News Watch. Eyewitness War on the National Geographic Channel “follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. ” The show features “dangerous missions and the perils of war through the eyes of our…

Interview With Seafood Watch Celebrity Chef Doug Katz

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‘Cat Whisperer’ on the Harrowing Hostage Situation with the 22 Pound Himalayan

Domestic cats have not only surpassed dogs as the most popular companion animal in the US, but they have taken the internet by storm. The most recent cat video to go viral hit cyberspace yesterday following an emergency call placed to a 911 dispatcher in Portland, Oregon. What we know is that the Palmer family’s…

Gibbon Conservation Center Working to Save South Asia’s Hoolock Gibbons & Other “Small Apes”

During my stint in India last year, I did not journey across the Silliguri corridor to northeast India’s seven sister states. I knew of few westerners or East Indians who had done so. Nonetheless, I was eager to visit Assam—the centralized state in the northeast region of the country. Unlike most foreigners visiting the Bengal…

Blue Collar Working Dogs to the Rescue!

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A Sneak Peek at India’s Lion Safari: A Conservation Effort for Asia’s “Last Lions”

To almost anyone on Planet Earth, reference to the word “lion” conjures up an image of the ‘King of the Jungle’ and often in the context of a Sub-Saharan African safari. Not everyone has been fortunate enough to travel the African plains, but we all can imagine what it must be like to see lions…

“Hee Haw” to Helping Hound Dogs: The Legendary Linda Thompson

When I learned that Linda Thompson was a big-time animal advocate, and actually aspired to be a veterinarian at a young age, I jumped at a chance to write a tribute to her. I remember watching Linda’s live interview with Larry King over a decade ago on the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. It…

A Discussion With Teen Actor/Animal Activist Lou Wegner

Dr. Jordan Schaul introduces teen actor Lou Wegner as the newest young crusader and first young celebrity crusader to be featured in Nat Geo. Lou serves as National Youth Ambassador for the American Humane Association. He also hosted Young Hollywood For Humanity at the Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills and was named the 2013…

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): An Interview With Dr. Michael Hutchins

The following interview is my 12th in a series with my esteemed colleague Dr. Michael Hutchins. Michael recently joined the American Bird Conservancy, as the organization’s National Bird Smart Wind Campaign Coordinator. The distinguished ecologist has agreed to answer my questions about indigenous knowledge and the impact of such informational resources on the management of…

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Farrah Smith Takes Advancement Program to the Wolf-Dog Hybrids

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Vital Ground Safeguards More Habitat for Grizzlies & Other Wildlife in Western Montana

Dr. Jordan Schaul provides some recent news regarding Vital Ground’s continued efforts to protect wildlife habitat in Montana. Recognized as a formidable apex predator, we sometimes forget that the iconic grizzly bear is part of an impressive faunal assemblage where it occurs in the western states. From large deer species to mesopredators, quality habitat for…

Docent Corps: The LA Zoo’s Conduit for Teaching Natural History and Conservation Education

Derived from the Latin word docēns, which means to teach or lecture, a “docent” at a natural history museum, zoo or aquarium is more than just a well-recognized uniformed volunteer answering questions for visitors. At the non-profit cultural attractions they serve, docents are integral players in natural history education and a primary conduit for teaching…

Young Crusader Declan Gregg Advocates for America’s Horses on Behalf of Children 4 Horses

Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews another young crusader. To date, Jordan has introduced our audiences to young wildlife crusaders determined to help Taiji’s dolphins and South Africa’s rhinos. Here at home, another young crusader with a compelling story is making a difference for our most majestic of companion animals—horses. Bio (Submitted by mom, Stacie) Animals are…