Dr. Alison Grand
A primatologist, researcher, and conservationist, Dr. Grand came to LCF in 2013 from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she conducted behavioral research projects and developed, implemented, and evaluated conservation programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr. Grand began her work with lemurs as an undergraduate at the University of the South. She continued her primate studies at the University of Georgia, where she received her MS and PhD degrees in neuroscience and behavior. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wake Forest Primate Center.
Her early work experiences included caring for diverse primates at Brec’s Greater Baton Rouge Zoo, among them black lemurs (Eulemur macaco) and critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata). She is currently the keeper of the ring-tailed lemur stud book for the international Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium (AZA) Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group.