ROYAL OAK, Mich., March 5, 2014 – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has appointed Paul Buzzard, Ph.D., as Director of Conservation. He will oversee the DZS's field conservation programs and help advance this significant part of the organization's mission.

Buzzard joins the DZS from China Exploration and Research Society in Hong Kong, where he served as a field biologist for six years, managing research on wild yaks, Tibetan antelopes, red pandas and snow leopards, among other species.

"Paul brings a wealth of on-the-ground field research experience with species from all parts of the world, a number of which are conservation priorities for the DZS. We're excited to have him help further our conservation philosophy and policy and strengthen and expand our existing field conservation projects," said DZS Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

Buzzard earned his doctoral degree from Columbia University Department of Anthropology and the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology and his master's degree in anthropology from Columbia University in New York. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.