Host David Onek speaks with the director of the San Francisco Zoo and its head of Animal Wellness and Behavior.
How has the Zoo's mission changed over the years? How does it manage concerns over animal welfare? And why is the Western Pond Turtle a focus of its conservation efforts?
Producer: Wendy Holcombe
Tanya Peterson - Executive Director and President of the San Francisco Zoological Society, the non-profit entity that operates and supports the San Francisco Zoo. Ms. Peterson has served in this role since 2008. She has a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of Law (1991), and following her law school graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kelleher (Los Angeles).
Dr. Jason Watters - Vice President of Wellness and Animal Behavior at the San Francisco Zoo. He received his Ph.D in Animal Behavior from University of California, Davis, where he also performed post-doctoral studies. Dr. Watters serves on the Research and Technology Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is also the Executive Editor of the journal Zoo Biology.