Rich Block

Chief Executive Officer


  • BS degree, Environmental Studies, Principia College; Elsah, Illinois
  • MS degree, Natural Resource Management, University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan

    SB Zoo History:

  • Joined Zoo staff in 1998 as CEO/Director

    AZA activities:

  • Member since 1984
  • Conservation Education Committee
  • Roadside Zoo Task Force
  • Wildlife Conservation & Management Committee
  • Member Ethics Board

    Other Activities:

  • Board Vice President, California Association of Zoos & Aquariums (CAZA)
  • Board President, California Association of Museums (CAM)
  • Member Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
  • Member Advisory Committee, Endangered Species Update (University of Michigan)
  • Former Member Adult Education Curriculum Advisory Committee, Santa Barbara Community College

    Prior Experience:

  • Indianapolis Zoo, Vice President for Science & Program Development
  • World Wildlife Fund, Director of Public Programs/Senior Fellow
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Executive Director
  • Zoo Atlanta, Education Curator
  • Kansas City Zoo, Director of Public Relations
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment, Instructor/Administrator

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