Megan Owen

Blogger Profile: Megan Owen

Megan Owen is an associate director in the Applied Animal Ecology Division, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She oversees conservation and research programs for bear species, including giant pandas and polar bears. Megan is also a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying behavioral ecology. Her research includes how human disturbance, including climate change, impacts the behavior and reproductive success of bears. Megan’s research has emphasized the value of incorporating zoo bears into research programs that support conservation programs in the wild. Conservation outreach is also a main focus of her work, and she is especially passionate about getting kids outdoors. Megan is a member of the IUCN Bear Special Group, Captive Bear Expert Team, the behavior advisor for the Giant Panda Species Survival Program, and serves as an advisory council member for Polar Bears International.
Bug Safari—Time to Get Outside!

Bug Safari—Time to Get Outside!

My daughter woke me up early on Sunday. The sun was barely up, and I heard her whisper in my ear: “Bug safari time, Mom. Let’s go flip some rocks.”   read more

Climate Change: Polar Bears, Sea Ice, and Beyond

Climate Change: Polar Bears, Sea Ice, and Beyond

Climate change is back in the news and, unfortunately, the news has not been good. A number of recent reports indicate that carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has reached unprecedented levels.   read more

Our Panda Conservation Program

Our Panda Conservation Program

When Bai Yun arrived at the San Diego Zoo back in November 1996, we all had great expectations for the San Diego Zoo’s panda conservation program. And we knew that these expectations rested squarely on Bai Yun’s beautiful black-and-white shoulders.   read more

Panda Yun Zi in China

Panda Yun Zi in China

The changes a panda might experience when he or she moves to a new, far-away home include some changes in diet, new voices, different smells, and, for bears heading to China, the presence of a larger population of other pandas.   read more

Polar Bears, Climate Change, and Mi (Ton Teiow)

Polar Bears, Climate Change, and Mi (Ton Teiow)

While Mi might be anxious to get outside and do field research, our bear ambassador also understands that bringing people together to discuss the nuts and bolts of bear conservation is an important, and necessary, part of the process.
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