About Buz

Henry “Buz” Bireline was named Director of Habitats and the Nature Center at Maymont in August 2008. Just a month later, he helped celebrate the opening of the Robert M. Freeman Bald Eagle Habitat and Raptor Valley, and since then, he has been busy working with Maymont’s aquarists, environmental educators and zoologists, and getting to know the hundreds of animals that live at Maymont.

Before coming to Maymont, Buz spent 13 years at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida where he was a professor in the Zoo Animal Technology Program and Assistant Director of the SFCC Teaching Zoo.

An enthusiastic advocate for wildlife and wild places, Bireline was inspired to pursue a career involving animals by his grandmother’s work as a dog handler. Regional and international field conservation activities play an important role in Bireline’s life outside of work. He has surveyed jaguars in Belize and red cockaded woodpeckers in the Okeefenokee Swamp, and he led a trip for sea turtle field research initiatives in Costa Rica.

Always up for a challenge, Bireline took off from work and graduate school in 2002 to walk the entire Appalachian Trail (2,170 miles), which he completed in 124 days. It was a life changing experience, which he says allowed him to reach beyond both perceived and real limitations. Furthermore, the hike permitted him to fully appreciate one of his favorite pastimes – eating! Bireline also enjoys traveling with his wife Claudia, working in the yard and reading the Sunday paper with their two cats.


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