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List of famous female conservationists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female conservationists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being conservationists. There are thousand of females working as conservationists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic conservationists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a conservationist then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Yolanda Kakabadse to Kris Tompkins is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all female conservationists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female conservationists?" and "Who are the best female conservationists?"
Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Conservationists
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Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1907-1964)

Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author Essayist, + more

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#57 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#82 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Elissa Sursara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Conservationists
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Elissa Sursara is an Australian wildlife expert and journalist. She is a blogger on National Geographic NewsWatch. She is the ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund climate change campaign Earth Hour, Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital and Wildlife Warriors, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society with ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Avalon, Australia

Profession: Spokesperson, Model, Conservationist, Actor Writer, + more

Credits: Holiday in the Sun, Pain Within, The Wet Season

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Terri Irwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Conservationists
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Terri Irwin, AM is an American-Australian,naturalist and author, the widow of Australian naturalist Steve Irwin and owner of Australia Zoo at Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. She co-starred with her husband on The Crocodile Hunter, their unconventional television nature documentary series along with ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

Profession: Conservationist, Author, Zoologist, Naturalist Presenter

Credits: The Crocodile Hunter, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries Crocodile Hunter Diaries, + more

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Mehgan Heaney-Grier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Conservationists
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Mehgan Heaney-Grier is a US champion freediver, fashion model, actress, conservationist, and TV personality. ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Model, Conservationist, Actor

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Aila Inkeri Keto AO is founder and President of the Rainforest Conservation Society in Queensland, Australia, now known as the Australia Rainforest Conservation Society. Born in Tully, Queensland, Australia, Dr Keto originally studied biochemistry and worked at the University of Queensland. Keto was ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Tully, Australia

Profession: Biochemist, Environmentalist, Conservationist

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Marie Beuzeville Byles was a committed conservationist, pacifist, the first practicing female solicitor in New South Wales, mountaineer, explorer and avid bushwalker, feminist, author and an original member of the Buddhist Society in New South Wales. She was also a travel and non-fiction writer. ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1900-1979)

Birthplace: Ashton upon Mersey, United Kingdom

Profession: Conservationist, Writer, Lawyer

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Judith D. Zuk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Conservationists
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Judith Daria Zuk was an American horticulturist, author and conservationist who served as president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1990 to 2005. ...more

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Age: Died at 56 (1951-2007)

Profession: Conservationist, Botanist

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Caroline Coroneos Dormon, also known as Carrie Dormon, was a botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, conservationist, and author from Louisiana. She was born in modest circumstances at Briarwood, the family home in northern Natchitoches Parish, ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1888-1971)

Birthplace: Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Historian, Conservationist, Botanist

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