Alan likes to tell the story of how he was inspired to pursue a career in conservation on a field trip while he was a biology student at Cal Poly State University (San Luis Obispo) and saw a wild California condor in 1983. He joined the staff at the Santa Barbara Zoo as its first full-time general curator in 1999. His first zoo job was as a keeper at the Oakland Zoo and he has since worked at the Brookfield Zoo and the Lincoln Park Zoo, both in Chicago and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where he was the zoological manager for the Tree of Life. He received his master’s in conservation park management from DePaul University in 1995. Alan is vice chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Board of Regents and population manager for Channel Island fox. He serves as vice president of the Friends of the Island Fox.