Rachel Kingsley serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Research Associate in Recovery Ecology. She began working with Hawaiian forest birds in 2007, completing a 6-month internship, and returned in 2008 as a staff member. She is currently the puaiohi species captain at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center. In addition to working closely with this species at the Center, Rachel also has experience in the field reintroducing many of the young back to their native habitat.
Rachel earned her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with minors in Biology and Captive Wildlife. She is currently earning her master’s degree in Zoology from Miami University in the Global Field Program.
Rachel has experience working with a diversity of species within zoological institutions but especially enjoys the hands-on conservation work of the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program. She grew up in a nature-oriented family and had an appreciation for the natural world from an early age. Having a career working with animals was always her dream, and she feels fortunate to be in this position.