Jeff Andrews is currently the Vice President of Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens Tampa. Jeff has been in the zoo field since starting at SeaWorld San Diego out of college in 1985. He spent 16 years as an animal trainer and manager of various marine mammal collections, including overseeing the killer whale program and domestic/international transports.
He left SeaWorld as an assistant curator in 2001 to take a position at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as an animal care manager with his primary responsibility of developing the African and Asian elephant programs. Initially he supervised 1.3 African and 1.5 Asian elephants; and later, the arrival, management, and training of 1.6 naïve African elephants rescued from a cull in southern Africa. He developed a progressive training and management program that has become very successful in African elephant breeding and research. Since 2004 the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has had twelve elephant births. Jeff is also very involved in Asian elephants, as the Associate Curator of Mammals for the San Diego Zoo he also oversaw the elephant collection at the San Diego Zoo.
Jeff is proud to be involved in helping develop animal behavior and elephant programs in the US, Canada, South America and Africa. He has worked with around 90 elephants on four continents and has personally transported over 30. He has delivered elephants to zoos eight times and is currently working to complete additional transfers. His consulting and San Diego Zoo work has had him operating at over 15 different zoos and much of his work has involved large carnivore management, including various ursids and polar bears.
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 Africa and Asia many times and is involved in community based capacity building programs in Kenya and Botswana. He has several published manuscripts and articles and is working on more in the fields of elephant biology.
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 and his wife have two sons both in college he currently splits his time between Tampa, Florida and San Diego, California.