List of conservationists
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List of conservationists
- Edward Abbey – writer and wilderness activist
- Ansel Adams – wilderness and landscape photographer
- Roald Amundsen – Norwegian explorer of polar regions
- Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury – former president of Sir David Attenborough's British Butterfly Conservation Society
- David Attenborough – host of many BBC Natural History documentaries, naturalist, educator
- Jeannie Baker – artist/author of children's picture books and film maker
- Nena Baltazar – President of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, a Bolivian nongovernmental organization working in conservation and wildlife care
- S. Theodore Baskaran – wildlife conservationist
- Tom Bell – founder of the Wyoming Outdoor Council and decorated World War II veteran
- Frances Beinecke – President of the Natural Resources Defense Council
- Harvey Broome – wilderness activist
- David Brower – mid-20th century leader of the Sierra Club
- Tom Brown – naturalist
- Arthur Carhart – U.S. Forest Service official who inspired wilderness protection in the United States
- Archie Carr – zoology professor and herpetologist, prominent sea turtle conservationist
- Rachel Carson – scientist who advanced the global environmental movement
- Jimmy Carter – signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, which protected more land than any single piece of legislation ever passed by Congress
- Yvon Chouinard – environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman. Owner of the company Patagonia, known for its environmental focus.
- Frederic Edwin Church – American landscape painter, famous for Twilight in the Wilderness
- Eugenie Clark – conservationist of sharks
- Clem Coetzee – (c. 1939–7 September 2006) was a Zimbabwean conservationist. He developed new methods of big game conservation.
- Ernie Cooper – Canadian wildlife trade expert
- Jeff Corwin – Animal Planet host, herpetologist
- Jacques Cousteau – oceanographer, marine biologist
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas – writer/conservationist who founded Friends of the Everglades
- William O. Douglas – U.S. Supreme Court Justice who was an ardent conservationist. William O. Douglas Wilderness is named after him
- Iain Douglas-Hamilton – founder of Save the Elephants, zoologist
- Gerald Durrell – naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, writer, television presenter, founder of the Jersey Wildlife Conservation Trust (now Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) and the Jersey Zoo (now renamed Durrell Wildlife Park)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge became a federally protected wilderness area during his administration
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – author, naturalist, wilderness adventurer, activist and development critic
- Dian Fossey – primatologist known for studying gorillas, author, founder of the Digit Fund today known as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, was murdered presumably by poachers because of her cause
- Bernard Frank – one of the founders of The Wilderness Society
- Jane Goodall – primatologist known for studying chimpanzees, author, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
- George Bird Grinnell – prominent early American conservationist
- Hubert Humphrey – U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 1956 who presented the first draft of the Federal Wilderness Preservation System Bill to Congress
- Celia Hunter – former president of The Wilderness Society
- Steve Irwin – Australian zookeeper, documentary film maker and activist
- Lyndon Baines Johnson – signed the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, which permanently guaranteed millions of acres of wild land for future generations of Americans
- Aldo Leopold – ecologist, forester and environmentalist; author of A Sand County Almanac
- A. Starker Leopold – son of Aldo Leopold, zoologist and ecologist, writer of the Leopold Report
- Wangari Maathai – Nobel Peace Prize recipient, founder of the Green Belt Movement, political activist
- Benton MacKaye – wilderness activist, founder of the Appalachian Trail
- Bob Marshall – principal founder of The Wilderness Society
- Louis B. Marshall – constitutional lawyer who was instrumental in passing "forever wild" legislation of N.Y.S. Constitution, which permanently protected wilderness in Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves
- Nigel Marven – wildlife presenter and producer
- Bill Mason – wilderness author and canoeist
- Stephen Mather – conservationist who was the first director of National Park Service, as a unified federal agency to oversee National Parks administration which he ran publicity campaign to established
- Malcolm McCallum – conservation biologist who publishes on biodiversity and extinction, and established the scholarly journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
- Ian McTaggart-Cowan – Canadian zoologist, conservationist and television presenter
- Betty Leslie-Melville – American born writer, who along with her husband Jock Leslie-Melvile, is known for authoring ten books on conservation topics, protecting the Rothschild's giraffe in Kenya, and founding the Giraffe Centre in Lang'ata, Kenya.
- Chico Mendes – Brazilian environmentalist
- Cynthia Moss – elephant behavioural specialist, ethologist, author
- John Muir – author and preservationist, founder of the Sierra Club
- Margaret Murie – "Grandmother of the conservation movement"
- Olaus Murie – wilderness activist
- Abi Kusno Nachran – Indonesian rain forest preservation activist
- Roderick Nash – author of "Wilderness and the American Mind"
- Lone Drøscher Nielsen – working with Borneo Orangutan Survival for conservation of Bornean orangutans and orangutan habitat
- Ric O'Barry – former dolphin trainer for the TV show Flipper turned dolphin activist and conservationist, featured in the documentary The Cove
- Ernest Oberholtzer – one of the eight founders of The Wilderness Society
- Sigurd F. Olson – author, environmentalist, teacher, canoeist and advocate in the northern Midwest. Worked to establish Pt. Reyes, Arctic NWR, Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness
- Deborah Parker – indigenous rights activist, conservationist, and environmentalist who has opposed various pipeline projects and who advocates for protecting coastal waters and salmon among the Northwest Natives
- Gifford Pinchot – conservationist, first Chief of the United States Forest Service
- Sharon Pincott – naturalist, wildlife conservationist, elephant behavioural specialist, author
- Ian Player – international conservationist
- Carl Pope – executive director of the Sierra Club
- Alan Rabinowitz – President and CEO of Panthera Corporation, a conservation organization devoted to protecting the world's 36 cat species
- Phil Radford – environmental, clean energy, and democracy leader, director of Greenpeace
- Matthew Richardson – author of The Red List: a Global Biogeographic Survey of Threatened and Recently-Extinct Vertebrates
- Bradbury Robinson – medical doctor and conservationist who published warnings in the 1940s against the use of DDT in agricultural
- Theodore Roosevelt – set aside 194,000,000 acres (790,000 km2) of federal land for national parks and nature preserves. He was also instrumental in establishing the United States Forest Service
- Peter Scott – (1909–1989) founder of the World Wildlife Fund and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the first conservationist to be knighted (in 1973)
- Charles Alexander Sheldon – the "Father of Denali National Park"
- Willie Smits – working, with Borneo Orangutan Survival for conservation of Bornean orangutans and orangutan habitat
- Gary Tabor – conservation catalyst, founder and director of Center for Large Landscape Conservation
- Doug Tompkins and Kristine Tompkins – entrepreneurs turned conservationists; together have protected 2,200,000 acres (8,900 km2) in Chile and Argentina
- Henry David Thoreau – author, naturalist and development critic
- Stewart Udall – United States Secretary of the Interior when the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964
- Marlice van Vuuren – conservationist and broadcaster
- Paul Watson – founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a co-founder of Greenpeace, and the star of the television show Whale Wars on Animal Planet that documents his organization's yearly trip to the southern ocean to disrupt the illegal activities of Japanese Whalers/ ICR.
- Robert K. Watson – founder and father of LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
- David B. Wingate – saved the Bermuda petrel, or cahow, from extinction and almost single-handedly returned 15-acre Nonsuch Island, in Bermuda, to its precolonial state
- E.O. Wilson – Pelligrino University Professor at Harvard University, for introducing the concept of Biophilia and making many other contributions to environmental science 
- Robert Sterling Yard – founding member of The Wilderness Society
- Parker, Deborah (April 20, 2018). "Stop this pipeline". Environmental Protection. Countercurrents. Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Winters, Chris (September 16, 2016). "Tulalips support Standing Rock Sioux protesting oil pipeline". Local News. The Daily Herald. Tulalip: Josh O'Connor. ISSN 2332-0079. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
On Friday, about 100 Tulalip members took part in a rally and march in downtown Seattle, said Deborah Parker, a former Tulalip board member who went down with her family.
- Biophiliaby E.O. Wilson, Harvard University Press, 1984