SAN DIEGO ZOO ESCORT
Dean Gibson, Curator of Primates
Dean Gibson has been working with primates for several decades. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and completed a Master’s degree in Forest Science & Wildlife Ecology at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Dean began her career as a primate keeper and worked with a variety of primate species from apes to monkeys to lemurs. It was during this time, while working with the ruffed lemur colony at the San Diego Zoo, that she first visited Madagascar and fell in love with the island. After completing her graduate degree at Yale, Dean moved to Madagascar in the role of Project Coordinator for the Madagascar Fauna Group and spent three years working on lemur conservation. On her return to the USA, Dean joined the Duke Lemur Center as its Assistant Director, where she continued to focus on lemur management and conservation in Madagascar. While at Duke, Dean also served as the International Coordinator for the first-ever reintroduction of captive-born lemurs back to Madagascar. In 2008, Dean returned to the San Diego Zoo and continues to focus on ensuring high standards of care and management practices as well as addressing the ongoing conservation needs for primates.
Dean has traveled the world extensively in search of primates and other wildlife and she is excited to share her knowledge about Madagascar and its incredible lemurs. Her insight and experience with Madagascar will provide travelers with a firsthand introduction to this amazing island country.