Conservation Lectures

Habitat Conservation

Rescheduling to a date TBD

at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate

300 College Street, Greenville (Use side entrance off Academy Street)

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Dan Hillard

Executive Director of the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

Dr. Dan Hilliard will speak about the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG), a nonprofit coalition of zoos, aquariums, and related partners dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas. ZCOG develops conservation leadership capacity in Latin American zoological institutions and supporting wildlife field projects, such as the Chilean Flamingo and Giant Anteater, both to which the Greenville Zoo contributes. Learn more about ZCOG at zcog.org. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Daniel Hilliard is an interdisciplinary scholar and area expert for Brazil and the Southern Cone countries of South America. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and a Certificate in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. A native English speaker, he is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Hilliard is Executive Director of Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG), a nonprofit, social change organization that promotes zoo and aquarium-based wildlife conservation initiatives and provides professional training scholarships to increase institutional capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. During his tenure as ZCOG Executive Director, Dr. Hilliard has developed and managed a change in the organization’s mission, operational structure, and programming activities; expanded the group’s membership and donor base; diversified revenue streams; and led a reorganization of ZCOG’s Board of Directors to improve program oversight and accountability, and increase operating revenue. Dr. Hilliard has worked with zoological facilities and associations, conservation NGOs, and governmental agencies in both the United States and throughout Latin America to develop conservation initiatives for endangered species. In addition, he has worked in partnership with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and regional and national zoo and aquarium associations, including the Latin American Zoo and Aquarium Association (ALPZA), Brazilian Society of Zoos and Aquariums (SZB), and Mexican Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZCARM), to establish a program of professional development scholarships for Latin American zoo, aquarium, and conservation practitioners. Since 2000, these programs have provided capacity building and training opportunities to more than 100 zoo and aquarium staff from 16 different countries. Dr. Hilliard has been a Sponsored Researcher at the Rockefeller Archive Center, a Contributing Editor for the U.S. Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. He is also a former member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Professional Development Committee, and from 2010-2014 chaired the Committee’s Scholarship Task Force. Dr. Hilliard resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Shelly Grow, and fifteen year old Dalmatian, Maya. He is an avid runner, cyclist, and obstacle course racer.