Bryan is a zoologist who has spent his career in zoos and wildlife conservation. He joined Bristol Zoo Gardens in August 1995, having come from the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (now Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) where he was Curator of Mammals at Jersey Zoo. Bryan has published extensively on behaviour and husbandry of a number of primate species, particularly marmosets and tamarins, and he has a PhD in primate social behaviour.
From 2002 until September 2010, Bryan was Deputy Director of the Bristol Zoological Society and in September 2010, he took over as CEO. Bristol Zoological Society is the fifth oldest in the world and is responsible for Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol’s most visited leisure destination, the Wild Place Project, a new wildlife attraction in South Gloucestershire, and a global programme of field conservation projects and academic research.