Adjunct Assistant Professor
Vice President of Conservation Initiatives
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
Peter Zahler has over 35 years of experience in wildlife conservation. He has worked on bird and mammal conservation in many parts of the world (e.g., Alaska, Arizona, Venezuela, Peru), with a focus on temperate mountains and grasslands in the Central Asian region. His main interest is incorporating science into applied conservation and building and supporting multiple-component conservation program capacity (including community governance and government capacity building, wildlife monitoring and enforcement, protected area management, anti-poaching and wildlife trade initiatives, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, etc.). He designed, started, and ran major conservation programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mongolia, helped design a major program in Arctic Beringia (Alaska and Siberia), and he has supervised programs and projects in the Russian Far East, the Central Asia states, PNG, Fiji, and Iran. He is a member of the IUCN Caprid Specialist Group, Cat Specialist Group, Antelope Specialist Group, Small Carnivore Specialist Group, Small Mammal Specialist Group, and World Commission on Protected Areas. As Vice President for Conservation Initiatives at the Woodland Park Zoo, Peter serves as a member of the executive leadership team, furthering the mission of the organization by leading and coordinating all institutional wildlife conservation efforts. These include managing an international network of field programs, projects and partnerships to save wildlife globally, and helping the organization build a social movement for positive conservation solutions.
Current Students and Their Projects
Zalmai Moheb (PhD., ECo, co-advised with Todd Fuller) – Drivers of snow leopard-human conflict in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.
Sanderson E., Mallon D., McCarthy T., Zahler P., and K. Fisher. 2016. Global strategies for snow leopard conservation: A synthesis. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Zahler P and R. Paley. 2016. Building governance structures and institutions for community conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Jowkar H., Ostrowski S., Tahbaz M., and P. Zahler. 2016. The conservation of biodiversity in Iran: threats, challenges and hopes. Iranian Studies, 49(6) : 1065-1077.
Zahler P., Wilkie D., Painter M., and J.C. Carter. 2016. The role of conservation in promoting stability and security in at-risk communities. In: Bruch C., Muffett C. and S. Nichols (Eds) strengthening post-conflict peace building through natural resource management: Vol. 6: Governance and institutions. United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva.
Rosen T. and P. Zahler. 2016. Snow leopards and transboundary conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Zahler P. 2016. Linear infrastructure and snow leopard conservation. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
McCarthy T., Mallon D., Sanderson E., Zahler P., and K. Fisher. 2016. What is a snow leopard? Biogeography and status. In: McCarthy T. and D. Mallon (Eds) Snow leopards. Elsevier Publishing, NY.
Kretser H.E., Wong R., Roberton S., Pershyn C., Huang J., Kang A., and P. Zahler. 2015. Building enforcement networks to identify wildlife crimes with mobile app technology. Biological Conservation, 189: 33-38.
Wingard J., Zahler P., Victurine R., Bayasgalan O. and B. Buuveibaatar. 2014. Guidelines for addressing the impact of linear infrastructure on migratory large mammals in Central Asia. Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Technical Report, Bonn, Germany.
Ostrowski S., Rahmani H., Ali J.M., Ali R., and P. Zahler. 2014. Musk deer survival in the eastern forests of Afghanistan. Oryx, 48(4): 323-328.