Lance Miller

Blogger Profile: Lance Miller

Lance Miller is a scientist in the Behavioral Biology Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. He started in April 2009 and is responsible for developing a research program dedicated to the behavior and welfare of the animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The goal of this research is to maximize the level of care and increase the reproductive success of endangered species within the collection. Specifically, his main areas of focus include environmental enrichment, social factors influencing animal well-being, and indicators of animal welfare. Lance earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Southern Mississippi in experimental psychology. His graduate work focused on the effects of dolphin education programs within zoological facilities. His current research projects have him working with big cats, elephants, bonobos, hippos, dholes, giraffes, and Somali wild asses.
African Elephants in Botswana

African Elephants in Botswana

During one of our drives down the Chobe River, we observed approximately 1,000 elephants ranging in herds from 10 to 100. We also visited an artificial water hole late in the afternoon one day, where we found approximately 80 elephants taking turns drinking.   read more

What is Animal Welfare?

What is Animal Welfare?

How do we know that we are taking the best possible care of animals within zoos and aquariums?   read more

Big Cat Preferences, Part 3

Big Cat Preferences, Part 3

Thanks to our dedicated animal care staff, we have now completed all the initial preference trials with lions, tigers, and cheetahs.   read more

Eau de Felid: Large Cat Scent Trial

Eau de Felid: Large Cat Scent Trial

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to update everyone on our scent studies. At the beginning of the year we accepted donations of cologne and perfume to test preferences for our large felids.   read more

Cologne, Perfume Needed for Cats!

Cologne, Perfume Needed for Cats!

Based on some preliminary results, we are interested in learning more about different scents (perfumes) that attract the animals and promote the behavior of exploration.   read more