Ron has worked for several zoos and aquaria over the past 35 years and lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He is an advocate for compassionate conservation, animal welfare and the environment. He has authored numerous journal articles, entries in encyclopedias and book chapters. Ron created, co-wrote and co-produced 10 internationally award-winning wildlife documentaries and established both the Berman Academy for Humane Education and the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.
Kagan has led the development of unique and award-winning facilities including a Gorilla Conservation Research Center, the “Wilds of Africa”, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (exploring the relationship between humans and animals over time and in different cultures), the National Amphibian Conservation Center, the “Arctic Ring of Life” (largest polar bear facility in America), the Ford Education Center, the Wild Adventure Simulator (a motion-based cabin simulator that builds empathy for other species as people experience the world of animals through their eyes) and the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
Among the other boards Ron serves/has served on are the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (Chair), International Council of Museums (U.S.), American Association of Museums, Regents of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Chair), the Association of Animal Sanctuaries, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (Chair), Greenways Initiative, Michigan Nature Conservancy, International Black Rhino Foundation, and the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (Democratic Republic of Congo).