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.
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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Pandas: How Far We’ve Come

Pandas: How Far We’ve Come

There is still so much to learn regarding pandas and their conservation, but it is amazing how far we’ve come in the past 20 years!   read more

Speaking to Friends about Pandas

Speaking to Friends about Pandas

Our giant panda story really began in earnest back in 1996, with the arrival of Bai Yun and Shi Shi. Back then, we really knew very little about giant pandas.   read more

Polar Bears and Climate Change

Polar Bears and Climate Change

It is not hard to connect the dots and see that this is bad news for polar bears. However, what may not be obvious to most people is that this is bad news for wildlife all over the world and bad news for us.   read more