Jeff Pribble serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Research Coordinator in Recovery Ecology. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing operations at the Maui Bird Conservation Center. His responsibilities include management of the daily activities and husbandry of several species of Hawaiian forest birds housed at the center, observations of social and reproductive behavior, artificial incubation and hand-rearing, veterinary care, and upkeep and maintenance of the facility.
Jeff’s current focus is to evaluate and continue to develop propagation of the 'alala for future reintroduction to the wild. This includes developing parent rearing and cross-fostering protocols and techniques, and maintaining the demographic balance and genetic diversity of the captive flock. The team is also focused on continuing to develop propagation of the palila and Maui parrotbill, with the goal of increasing the capacity of the captive flock and its ability to serve as an assurance population. He is also working with two new species, ‘akikiki and ‘akeke’e, to develop and improve captive propagation techniques.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Weber State University with a minor in Botany. He has spent much of his working life working as a zoo professional and learning as much as he can about the husbandry of a wide variety of bird species. He spent 15 years at the Birmingham Zoo working as a bird keeper for the first seven years and as Zoological Manager for the subsequent eight years.