San Diego Zoo behavior expert to speak at CSU Stanislaus on April 27

Gary Priest, Curator of Applied Behavior at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park and a noted authority on behavioral and environmental issues, will speak at California State University, Stanislaus on Friday, April 27.

The 3:30 p.m. program in Room 102 of the Bizzini Building, hosted by the University's Psychology and Child Development Department, is free and open to the public.

"Business, Behavior, and You: A View from the Zoo" is the title of Priest's presentation. With nearly 30 years of experience in the care, training, and exhibition of a wide variety of exotic marine and terrestrial mammals, Priest serves as the Zoological Society of San Diego's Curator of Applied Behavior. He oversees responsibility for developing behavior management plans for the animal population at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

Priest is also President of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, a national organization formed for the advancement of animal welfare through behavior management. He is a consulting editor for The Shape of Enrichment newsletter, an international publication dedicated to disseminating information to zoo professionals on behavioral and environmental enrichment.

On the environmental front, Priest was a founder and co-director of the nationally recognized Therapy for a Damaged Planet, Inc., an innovative conservation/education project at San Diego State where students participated in field conservation work in rainforest habitats.

Priest previously served as an animal behavior consultant to the American Broadcasting Company in Dallas and to Marine World/Africa USA in the Bay Area. He frequently consults with other zoological institutions around the United States and internationally.