Jeff Andrews is currently the Vice President of Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. In this position he is responsible for all aspects of the management of a dynamic animal collection, veterinary and nutrition services, conservation initiatives, wildlife rescue, research, and education. Over 250 zoological employees care for nearly 11,000 animals that call Busch Gardens home.
Jeff has been in the zoo field since starting at SeaWorld San Diego in 1985. He spent 16 years as an animal trainer and manager of various marine mammal collections. He left SeaWorld as an assistant curator in 2001 to take a position at the San Diego Zoo Safari. He moved to the San Diego Zoo in 2008 as the Associate Curator of Mammals.
One of Jeff’s primary interests is in the field of conservation related behavior research with zoo collections and in the field. To this end he has travelled to South America, Africa, and Asia many times. He was involved in community based capacity building programs in Kenya and Botswana. Jeff is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the International Polar Bear Conservation Center; Board Member, Government Affairs Committee Chairman, and Legislative Liaison for the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Among others, he is a professional fellow of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a professional member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, and is the chair of the Busch Gardens Animal Welfare Committee. Jeff served as a member of the San Diego Zoo Global Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from George Mason University with a specialization in animal collections management. He has dozens of published manuscripts and articles in the field of exotic animal management in zoos.