Helena Fitch-Snyder '73 (Social Science)

Alumna studying endangered species

Helena Fitch-Snyder
Helena Fitch-Snyder earned her degree in Social Science from Sac State in 1973 and since then has organized and conducted field projects around the world, and has made groundbreaking discoveries about the cheetah, the Chinese golden monkey, the lion-tailed macaque and the loris. Helena is an internationally recognized behavioral biology researcher with accomplishments in the conservation, management, and reproduction of endangered species. 

Helena also enjoyed a long and successful tenure at the San Diego Zoo’s Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species, where she studied problems faced by endangered species in captivity. In addition to producing videos and teaching at universities and colleges, Helena is also widely published in scientific, popular and educational media.  Helena’s affiliations include the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the American Society of Primatologists, the Captive Breeding Specialist Group, the Species Survival Commission, and an honorary membership in the American Zoo Keeper.

Helena has volunteered thousands of hours and donated personal resources to help fledgling and ongoing conservation programs around the world to get off the ground and thrive.  Her work with programs ranging from the International Special Olympics in Kenya to the Big Sisters of America at home is acknowledged and honored.

Helena was the recipient of the Sacramento State's prestigious Distinguished Service Awards in April 2010.

This article was originally published in the November 2011 issue of Sac State Connection.