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Dr. Daniel Hilliard is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).  Dr. Hilliard is a non-profit management professional 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, and certificates of Nonprofit Management and Finance from Georgetown University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. 


More recently, Dan 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 member of the AZA’s Professional Development Committee.


During his tenure as Executive Director, Dan has developed multiple partnerships with zoological facilities, conservation NGOs, and governmental agencies in the United States and Latin America to help advance regional wildlife conservation initiatives for endangered species native to the Americas. In addition, he has worked in partnership with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and regional conservation training centers in Mexico and Brazil to establish professional development scholarship programs for Latin American zoo, aquarium, and conservation practitioners. Since 2000, these programs have provided professional development and training opportunities for over 100 future conservation leaders from 15 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. 


Today, ZCOG’s Conservation Training Scholarship Program provides more scholarship funding for AZA Professional Training Program courses than any other organization. According to a recent AZA report, ZCOG is also ranked as AZA’s 5th most referenced conservation partner.


The University of New Hampshire Magazine highlighted Dr. Hilliard’s work with ZCOG in its Winter 2011 edition. 


For additional information, contact Daniel Hilliard, Ph.D. at


Daniel Hilliard, Ph.D., Executive Director.
Yanahurco, Ecuador.

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