Richard Switzer

Blogger Profile: Richard Switzer

Rich Switzer is an associate director in the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research’s Applied Animal Ecology division. He started his conservation career as passerine program coordinator for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, leading the development of the recovery program for the Mauritius fody. Mr. Switzer joined San Diego Zoo Global in 2002, based in Hawaii with the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program. In 2007, he joined an international team to translocate Kuhl’s lorikeets from Rimatara to Atiu. He then spent two years as bird curator at Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Qatar, before returning here in 2009 as conservation program manager. Mr. Switzer has also been a guest lecturer at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s International Training Center.
Mangrove Finch: Nest Rescues Begin with Flying Start

Mangrove Finch: Nest Rescues Begin with Flying Start

An evening cruise through the Galápagos Islands is always an exciting prospect, but this voyage was even more exciting than usual: we were about to embark on bold new steps to prevent the extinction of the mangrove finch!   read more

Giving the Mangrove Finch a Head-start to Recovery

Giving the Mangrove Finch a Head-start to Recovery

I arrived on the rugged and spectacular island of Santa Cruz, in the Galápagos islands, in the middle of January. This was my second trip to Galápagos within the space of three months.   read more

`Alala Population Soars Past 100

`Alala Population Soars Past 100

Crucially, on May 31, we celebrated reaching the major milestone of 100 ‘alala in the entire world population!   read more

Maui Bird Conservation Center: Open House

Maui Bird Conservation Center: Open House

The Maui Bird Conservation Center will be holding two “open house” events on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, November 13, 2011.   read more

Hawaiian Birds: Pallets of Pellets

Hawaiian Birds: Pallets of Pellets

Special birds have special tastes…or, more appropriately, they have special nutritional requirements.   read more