Russ Van Horn

Blogger Profile: Russ Van Horn

Russ Van Horn, Ph.D., serves the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as a scientist in the Applied Animal Ecology Division, leading our Andean bear conservation program. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the department of biology at San Diego State University. His academic training took him from his master's thesis at Montana State University to his doctorate at Michigan State University and a postdoctorate appointment at Duke University. He has been involved in research on wildlife ranging from savanna baboons and spotted hyenas to charismatic small mammals, neotropical migrant songbirds, elk, and bison. Russ is interested in integrating behavioral and ecological theory into conservation research and practice, using direct and indirect behavioral and genetic methods. He feels strongly that effective conservation requires the involvement of local biologists and the support of local communities. Russ is certified as an associate wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society and has been a lead or secondary author on 22 scientific publications.
Ambassador Mi Ton Teiow Hopes for Best, Prepares for Worst

Ambassador Mi Ton Teiow Hopes for Best, Prepares for Worst

The farther away from medical assistance you will be, the more important first-aid training becomes.   read more

What to Eat When There’s Nothing to Eat?

What to Eat When There’s Nothing to Eat?

These big mammals can go without eating or drinking for months, sometimes while birthing and nursing cubs, yet wake up without bedsores or weakened muscles!   read more

Courtship in Front of the Camera

Courtship in Front of the Camera

Although there isn’t much information on what courtship looks like among wild Andean bears, we suspect that males crisscross the landscape, looking for females that are in estrus and so may be willing to mate, or which will be ready to mate in the near future.   read more

Bear Ambassador Learns Importance of Plants

Bear Ambassador Learns Importance of Plants

For food, bears (except for polar bears) rely on plants. Thus, people concerned about bear conservation often become concerned about the conservation of the plant communities on which the bears depend. Although San Diego Zoo Global is involved in conservation of animals, it also does a lot of work with plants.   read more

Bad News Bears

Bad News Bears

Bear Valley was named for a famous male California grizzly, a species that has been extinct since around 1924. Yet images of the California grizzly are common and widespread throughout California on the state flag and the state seal.   read more