SAN DIEGO ZOO ESCORT
Dr. Barbara Durrant, Henshaw Director of Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Barbara Durrant serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Henshaw Director of Reproductive Sciences at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Barbara joined the Institute as a post-doctoral fellow doing embryo transfer research in armadillos. Her scientific interests include reproductive biology, endocrinology and behavior. She was instrumental in the successful propagation of giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo and has initiated research projects involving cheetahs, okapi, tigers, lions, sloth bears, pheasants, turtles, snakes and lizards. She currently leads the assisted reproduction effort of the Northern White Rhino Initiative.
In addition to her professional duties at the institute, she also is an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and Palomar College, where she taught Animal Behavior. She serves the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) as a member of the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees, and as Treasurer.
Barbara has conducted research in Asia for many years, working with the giant panda, Asiatic black bear and the Yangtze River giant softshell turtle. She has led Zoo trips to Africa, China, and the Galapagos, and is excited to share the India she has come to know during her many visits there. A special highlight of the trip will be a visit to the sloth bear rescue facility where Barbara directs and coordinates research on the sloth bear.