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.
Island Conservation

Island Conservation

In Hawaii, the native ecosystem has been decimated by a whole suite of threats…   read more

Record Breeding Season for `Alala

Record Breeding Season for `Alala

During 2010, we hatched 13 `alala chicks and raised 11 healthy youngsters.   read more

‘Alala Season: Encouraging Start

‘Alala Season: Encouraging Start

At 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, the first `alala (Hawaiian crow) chick of the 2010 season hatched at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center. The emergence of `Alala #159 represents[…..]

‘Akepa: End of an Era (But What a Life!)

‘Akepa: End of an Era (But What a Life!)

June 29, 2009, was a sad day for the staff of the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program: the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) experienced the death of the last remaining[…..]

Naming ‘Alala Chicks

Naming ‘Alala Chicks

On Sunday, June 7, a group of students from Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, K’au High, and Pahala Elementary School were welcomed on a VIP visit to the Keauhou[…..]