Dr. David Jones, DVM
Dr. David Jones has been Director of the North Carolina Zoo since 1994. He is a veterinarian and zoologist by training and worked with the Zoological Society of London for 25 years in a number of capacities before becoming its Chief Executive Officer.
Jones is former Chairman of one of the world's oldest conservation organizations, Fauna and Flora International and served as the Chairman for the Brooke Hospital for Animals, one of the world's largest international animal welfare agencies. He was Chairman of the Conservation Committee of the World Wildlife Fund in the United Kingdom and was on the Council, both of World Wildlife Fund UK and US. He is currently chairman of the Yadkin Pee Dee Lakes Project, the main non-governmental rural development agency in the region and is on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund (North Carolina) and Pfeiffer University.
Dr. Jones has consulted in over 50 countries, has been involved in the design, development and management of some 30 zoos, particularly in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf Region and has written over 100 reviewed scientific papers and numerous popular articles.
Dr. Jones has a particular interest in the links between conservation, natural resource management and rural economic development worldwide. He believes very strongly that stewardship of our natural resources will only succeed if people come to understand the links between their well being, the economy and the environment. Many of the programs that the NC Zoo undertakes are directed at helping the public to make these connections.