Professor Donald E. Moore III, Ph.D.

Professor Donald E. Moore III
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
While most the time, the public sees a zoo as an entertaining and educational way to spend a Saturday afternoon-and it very much is-your average accredited zoo is also a vital part of research and conservation activities going on across the world.

Dr. Donald E. Moore III, director of the Oregon Zoo and senior science advisor at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, is a conservation biologist with nearly 40 years of experience in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and zoo management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management and Zoology and a doctoral degree in Conservation Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Dr. Moore worked at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo from 2006 to 2016. He was the associate director of Animal Care Sciences from 2006 to 2014 and served as a senior scientist for conservation programs on assignment with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In his time at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Dr. Moore helped implement major renovations, such as the Elephant Trails and American Trail exhibits.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Dr. Moore worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, where he was curator of Central Park Zoo, director of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo, and co-chair of the society’s renowned Animal Enrichment Program.

Dr. Moore has led international workshops in modern zoo design and accreditation, animal behavior and enrichment, and ecotourism in Spain, Malaysia, and South America, where he has conducted much of his conservation biology research. He is the author of Disney Learning’s Disney’s Wonderful World of Animals.

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11 Courses and Sets

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11 Courses and Sets

  1. Zoology: Understanding the Animal World

    Zoology: Understanding the Animal World

    Donald E. Moore III
    3.9 out of 5
    58% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    In Zoology: Understanding the Animal World, The Great Courses teams up with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for 24 lectures that take you behind the scenes of the animal world. Dr. Donald E. Moore III brings you up close and personal with a breathtaking variety of animal species, from butterflies to crocodiles to pandas.
  2. (Set) Zoology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) Zoology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Learn about the living Earth around you with this set of eye-opening courses. Discover the scientific marvels of animal life on our planet in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, take a tour of the development and application of the discipline of organic chemistry in Foundations of Organic Chemistry.
  3. (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & Zoology Set

    (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & Zoology

    Donald E. Moore III
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Experience the marvels of our natural world with this two-course set. The Scientific Wonder of Birds uncovers the incredible intelligence of birds and their astonishing physiology, biology, and behavior. Then, get up close and personal with a breathtaking variety of animal species, from butterflies to crocodiles to pandas with Zoology: Understanding the Animal World.
  4. (Set) Zoology & Introduction to Paleontology Set

    (Set) Zoology & Introduction to Paleontology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover the fascinating world of animals past and present with this two-course set. Join a zoologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to reveal the scientific marvels of animal life in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, take a thrilling journey through Earth’s history—from a lifeless planet to initial bursts of life, from extinctions to recovery, and ultimately to our world today with...
  5. (Set) Zoology & A New History of Life Set

    (Set) Zoology & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Examine life on our planet from a variety of angles with this riveting two-course set. Get a guide to earth’s most fascinating animals with Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, engage in a 4.54-billion-year journey from a nascent planet to now in A New History of Life.
  6. What Darwin Didn't Know & Zoology Set

    What Darwin Didn't Know & Zoology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover how much we can learn about ourselves by examining the animal world. Start by discovering how the theory of evolution has evolved with What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution. Then, discover the wonders that live on our planet with Zoology: Understanding the Animal World.
  7. (Set) Zoology & Plant Science Set

    (Set) Zoology & Plant Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore the living world beyond humans with this exciting two-course set. Start by getting close encounters with wildlife big and small in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, see plants in a whole new way with Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany.
  8. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Zoology Set

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Zoology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Enjoy this two-course set created in partnership with the Smithsonian that takes you to the wildest parts of the world. Life in the World's Oceans explores the miraculous beauty of life in the Earth’s largest habitat and Zoology: Understanding the Animal World reveals the scientific marvels of animal life on our planet.
  9. (Set) The Great Tours & Zoology Set

    (Set) The Great Tours & Zoology

    Donald E. Moore III
    Starting at $539.90 Starting at $539.90 $569.90 $539.90$569.90
    Enjoy two unforgettable, immersive learning experiences delivered by The Great Courses in partnership with the Smithsonian. In The Great Tours: Washington D.C., explore the extraordinary treasures of the nation’s capital—from iconic sights to little-known cultural gems. Then, in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World, go behind the scenes of not just the animal world but of the scientists trying to understand...
  10. (Set) Zoology & Biology Set

    (Set) Zoology & Biology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $834.90 Starting at $834.90 $969.90 $834.90$969.90
    Explore the Amazing Diversity of Life on Earth. From the tiniest mosquito to the largest elephant, explore the animal wonders of the world, discover Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, explore living systems at All levels through Biology: The Science of Life
  11. (Set) Dog Training 101 & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) Dog Training 101 & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn from the best of the best with this two-course set. An award-winning trainer of dog trainers introduces you to evidence-backed practices that help you better teach your dog with Dog Training 101. Then, two National Geographic photographers provide tips and tricks to capturing amazing pictures in The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.