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San Diego Zoo Escorts

Karen Isaacs

Namibia Escort 2016

Karen Isaacs has had a unique and varied career in the world of conservation and business! Although Karen is currently San Diego Zoo Global's Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer, she was initiated into the conservation field by living in Namibia and working for the Cheetah Conservation Fund with Dr. Laurie Marker.

Karen grew up in rural eastern Washington, surrounded by animals. She took the practical career route and received a BA in Business from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. After spending many years in international sales and marketing, Karen returned to school. She studied Exotic Animal Training and Management at Moorpark College in California, proving it's never too late to follow one's dreams!

After graduation, Karen lived in Namibia before returning to the U.S. to work at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's bird show with their ambassador animals. After volunteering and eventually working for a local animal shelter, she combined her love of animals with her background in business to begin her career in fund-raising.

Karen still has a sweet spot for rescued animals, including her own dog from Puerto Rico as well as several boxers. In addition to spending time with her pups, Karen loves to travel, watching Pac-12 football, and playing golf and tennis. Karen is looking forward to revisiting the country where the people and animals are so close to her heart as well as sharing her knowledge and stories with our travelers.

Pam Fein

Brazil's Pantanal Escort 2016

Pam Fein joined the San Diego Zoo more than 15 years ago, fulfilling a life-long, childhood dream to work there. In her current role as an Individual Gifts Officer in the Development Department, she leads hundreds of behind-the-scenes tours each year at the Zoo and the Safari Park, introducing friends and supporters to our wildlife and botanical wonders as well as our worldwide conservation projects. Pam also worked for many years in human resources management, special events, and corporate travel planning.

Pam is an avid traveler and enjoys getting to know people from all parts of the globe. Several years ago she led a WorldWild Tour to Botswana and made it her priority to make sure all members of the safari had an unforgettable adventure—a trip of a lifetime!

Her hobbies include nature photography, people watching, exploring new places, hiking, anything about cats (big and small), caring for rescued critters, eating, cooking, and shopping.

Pam looks forward to sharing her knowledge about the Pantanal's array of wildlife as well as the Zoo's South American conservation projects with travelers. She is dedicated to providing an unsurpassed, highly memorable journey and sharing and capturing the unique magic, spirit, and authenticity of the Pantanal!

Ted Molter

Churchill/Polar Bear Adventure Escort 2016

Ted Molter, the chief marketing officer for San Diego Zoo Global, has worked for the organization for nearly 20 years. He is responsible for public relations, creative services, advertising and design, websites, publications, interpretation, sales, licensing and partnership marketing activities.

Molter came to San Diego Zoo Global from SeaWorld Ohio, where he worked for 13 years. His tenure there included positions as a penguin keeper and aquarist before becoming director of its public relations department.

A graduate of Kent State University, Molter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications with a field of concentration in biology. He is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; past education and marketing committee chair, past board member and the founding foundation board chair for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions; current chair of San Diego Tourism Authority; and board member and past chairman of the California Travel Association.

With the opportunity to reach families around the world with the Zoo's mission of conservation, education and family fun, Ted has continued to find ways to combine his passion for animals with an endless desire to share the wonders of nature. He looks forward to exploring the arctic with WorldWild Tours travelers.