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Famous Female Conservationists

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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?"


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    Rachel Carson
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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 in ...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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    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: age 27
    • 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
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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 its ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • 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 a US champion freediver, fashion model, actress, conservationist, and TV personality.more

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    • Age: 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: age 72
    • 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 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, to ...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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    Harriet Williams Russell Strong
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    Harriet Williams Russell Strong was an American social activist, inventor, conservationist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement. She is a member of the National Women's Hall of Fame.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1844-1926)
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conservationist, Inventor, Social activist
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    Claudine André
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    Claudine André, is a Belgian conservationist. She founded Lola ya bonobo in 1994, which is a bonobo sanctuary, just south of Kinshasa, at Mont Ngafula, in the Lukaya Valley, Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim of the sanctuary is to collect young bonobos, most having been orphaned due to the actions ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Hainaut, Belgium
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Conservationist
    • Credits: Beny, Back To The Wild
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    Nina Leopold Bradley was an American conservationist, researcher and writer. Her father was the renowned ecologist Aldo Leopold. She died May 25, 2011 aged 93.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1917-2011)
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Helen Elaine Freeman was an American conservationist and endangered species advocate, who specialized in saving snow leopards. She was best known for founding the Snow Leopard Trust. Her preservation work earned her the nickname, the "'Jane Goodall' of Snow Leopards."more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1932-2007)
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Patricia Chapple Wright, PhD is an accomplished American primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Wright is best known for her 27-year study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. She is the founder of the Institute for the Conservation of ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Conservationist, Primatologist
    • Credits: Chained for Life
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    Sandra Lanham is the founder and sole pilot of Environmental Flying Services, a non-profit organization located in Tucson, Arizona. E-Flying was created to help researchers and scientists such as Conservation International. She offers her flying services at no charge, charging only for fuel costs and ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Profession: Pilot, Conservationist
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    Mollie Beattie

    Mollie H. Beattie was an American conservationist, and director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2009, she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1947-1996)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Rosalie Edge

    Rosalie Barrow Edge was a New York socialite, suffragist, and amateur birdwatcher who in 1929 established the Emergency Conservation Committee to expose the conservation establishment’s ineffectiveness, and strongly advocate for species preservation. In 1934 Edge also founded the world's first preserve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1877-1962)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Marlice van Vuuren

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    Marlice van Vuuren
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    Marlice Elretha Jansen van Vuuren born 14 May 1976 as Marlice Elrethra van der Merwe, is a popular Namibian conservationist who grew up surrounded by animals on her parents' farm in Namibia where for more than 30 years injured or orphaned animals have found refuge. Marlice also grew up closely with the ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Namibia
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Meena V

    Meena Venkataraghavan is an Indian wildlife conservationist. She is working in the Gir forest to save Asiatic lions there.more

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    • Birthplace: India
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Kris Tompkins

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    Kris Tompkins
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    Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is an American conservationist and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc.. Since 1993, she has worked with her husband, Douglas Tompkins, to create large wilderness conservation areas in Chile and Argentina.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Profession: Conservationist
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    Yolanda Kakabadse

    Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro is an Ecuadorian conservationist of Georgian descent. After studies in Educational psychology at the University of Quito, she became involved in environmental issues. She was a founder of the Fundación Natura in Quito and was its executive director from 1979 to 1990. At the Rio ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Profession: Conservationist
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