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.
Big Cat Preferences, Part 2

Big Cat Preferences, Part 2

In a pride of lions, the females are the hunters, and providing gourds or other objects that can be “hunted” allows the animals to engage in this behavior.   read more

Big Cat Preferences

Big Cat Preferences

Do you have a sweet tooth, or do you prefer treats like pretzels? Just as people have individual preferences, so do animals. Here at the Behavioral Biology Division of the[…..]

Somali Wild Ass Enrichment

Somali Wild Ass Enrichment

It has been a wonderful seven months since my first blog post about studying the Somali wild ass (see Wild Horses!) at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Since[…..]