Tigers, Tigers and more Tigers
Doug Armstrong has participated in research and conservation activities for many species but throughout his career his favorite species has always been tigers.
Doug is a 1980 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He did a post graduate internship training program at Cornell University then went into mixed animal private practice for 3 years. In 1984 Armstrong secured a position as staff veterinarian at the Minnesota Zoological Garden in Apple Valley MN. In 1985 he moved to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska where he is still employed as the Director of Animal Health.
Armstrong has enjoyed the diverse roles of zoological medicine including providing medical care for endangered species, participating in research activities to learn more about the species in our care and working with students of all ages to help prepare the succeeding generations of conservationists. He has always felt that the extraordinary challenge and stimulation of conservation medicine was particularly rewarding, in specific the contribution toward conservation of endangered species in captivity and in the wild.
He has been fortunate to work with outstanding conservation biologists and researchers in assisted reproduction projects, disease investigations, development of safer anesthetic protocols and other efforts to improve the conservation of tigers. One of the longest standing projects has been working with is the WCS Amur Tiger Conservation Program in the Russian Far East. He has been fortunate to work with this group of dedicated conservation professionals to help preserve the approximately 500 wild Amur tigers left in Eastern Russia.