Trained as a field conservation biologist, Dr. Eric Tsao joined Taipei Zoo in 1988 as curator and became the CEO of the Conservation and Research Center in 2016. He has also been invited to serve as an adjunct assistant professor at National Chengchi University since 2006 and the National Taipei University of Technology since 2001. Dr. Eric Tsao's strategic thinking and enthusiasm have spearheaded the efforts to digitize record keeping, enhance capacity building for animal husbandry and veterinary care, prioritize wildlife collection with conservation needs, establish animal adoption programs for fundraising, introduce new ideas for enclosure and exhibit design (ex. Pangolin Dome), link zoo activities with in-site conservation projects, and lead Taipei Zoo to become an accredited associated member of European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
By working with Forestry Bureau, the government authority for wildlife conservation in Taiwan, and the wildlife sanctuary and rescue center in Taipei Zoo, Eric has initiated studies on the identification of wildlife infectious diseases, breeding of globally endangered species, rehabilitation, and reintroduction of native wildlife. As the spokesperson since 2014, Eric has guided the growth of Taipei Zoo’s conservation visibility via both traditional and social media. Working closely with the Conservation Planning Specialist Group and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Eric has developed a close relationship with government authorities, zoos, universities, and NGOs for conservation activities globally.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND AWARDS
Chair, Conservation Committee, Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association, Taiwan (2021 - present)
Council Member, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Spain (2021 - 2023)
Executive Board Member, Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association, Taiwan (2020 - present)
Board Member, Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group, Africa (2017 - present)
Taipei Zoo, Taiwan
CEO of Conservation and Research Center (2015 - present)