SAN DIEGO ZOO ESCORT
Stacey Johnson, Director of Collections
Stacey Johnson, Director of Collections for San Diego Zoo Global, began his adventure working in zoos more than 30 years ago, first as a zookeeper, educator, animal curator, and executive director along the way. Growing up on a small farm in eastern Colorado, Stacey was always drawn to a career in biology and loves discovering new creatures and the connections between them. Presently he is coordinating San Diego Zoo Global’s Northern White Rhino Initiative, seeking to rescue this critically endangered subspecies from extinction. Stacey is the Jaguar Species Survival Plan® Coordinator, and his field conservation experience includes camera trapping jaguars in Yucatán, México; working with Pecos pupfish in Texas; and coordinating a portion of a brown bear study in Alaska. He is enthusiastically interested in the wildlife, history, and geography of the Americas and is eager to share the stunning vistas of Patagonia—not to mention the unique wildlife and culture. Stacey will bring breadth and depth to the stories as we uncover how this region has dramatically shaped our understanding of the natural world, including important fossil discoveries, Darwin’s voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, and present-day conservation of wildlife and wild places.