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List of famous conservationists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top conservationists in the world? This includes the most prominent conservationists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable conservationists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic conservationists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned conservationists.

List is made up of people like Theodore Roosevelt and Ansel Adams.

From reputable, prominent, and well known conservationists to the lesser known conservationists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the conservationist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous conservationists ever?" and "What are the names of famous conservationists?" then you're in the right place. 

Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of ...more

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

William Holden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
William Holden was an American actor, who was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17, and a Primetime Emmy ...more

Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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 ...more

Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely ...more

Elissa Sursara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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 ...more

Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
William Edgar "Bill" Oddie OBE is an English writer, composer, musician, comedian, artist, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter. He became famous as one of The ...more

E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson FMLS is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is ...more

Peter H. Raven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Peter Hamilton Raven FMLS is a botanist and environmentalist, notable as the longtime director, now President Emeritus, of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Leo Carrillo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo, was an American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist.

Peter Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Sir Peter Markham Scott CH CBE DSC* FRS FZS was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer and sportsman. Scott was knighted in 1973 for his contribution to the ...more

Terri Irwin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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 ...more

Henry Fairfield Osborn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Henry Fairfield Osborn, Sr. ForMemRS was an American geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist, and the president of the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years.

Leo Drey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Leo A. Drey, is a Missouri timber magnate, conservationist, and philanthropist. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a wealthy manufacturer of glassware, Drey began acquiring timberland in the ...more

Jeff Corwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Jeffrey Corwin is an American animal and nature conservationist, known as host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and ...more

Roger Payne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Roger Searle Payne is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide ...more

Kevin Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of ...more

James Theodore Richmond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
James Theodore Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" was an American writer, conservationist, non-denominational preacher, and noted librarian.

Mehgan Heaney-Grier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Mehgan Heaney-Grier is a US champion freediver, fashion model, actress, conservationist, and TV personality.

Peter Cundall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Peter Cundall, AM is a horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality in Australia. He currently lives in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and until the age of 81 ...more

Farley Mowat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Farley McGill Mowat, OC was a Canadian author and environmentalist. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books. He achieved fame with the publication of ...more

Louis Bromfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Louis Bromfield was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition, winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.

John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Conservationists

Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Madison Grant was an American lawyer known primarily for his work as a eugenicist and conservationist. As a eugenicist, Grant was responsible for one of the most famous works of scientific ...more

Richard Leakey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Richard Erskine Frere Leakey is a Kenyan politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist. He is second of the three sons of the archaeologists Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey, and is the ...more

George Bird Grinnell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
George Bird Grinnell was an American anthropologist, historian, naturalist, and writer. Grinnell was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1870 and a ...more

Gerald Durrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell, OBE was an English naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife ...more

Aila Keto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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, ...more

Marie Byles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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 ...more

Pieter Whitney Fosburgh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Conservationists

Judith D. Zuk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Judith Daria Zuk was an American horticulturist, author and conservationist who served as president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1990 to 2005.

Hugh Iltis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Hugh Hellmut Iltis is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his discoveries in the domestication of corn. Raised in Czechoslovakia, Iltis left ...more

Hugh Whitney Fosburgh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Conservationists

Nicholas Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Nicholas Roosevelt was an American diplomat and journalist. A member of the Roosevelt family and first-cousin once removed of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, he was born in New York City to ...more

Caroline Dormon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Caroline Coroneos Dormon, also known as Carrie Dormon, was a botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, conservationist, and author from ...more

Anton Rupert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Anthony Edward Rupert was a South African billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist. He was born and raised in the small town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. He studied ...more

Harvey Locke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Harvey Locke is a conservationist, writer, and photographer. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the ...more

Dan James Pantone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Dan James Pantone is an American ecologist and conservationist with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. A former professor at Texas A&M University, Dr. Pantone is a researcher ...more

John Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
John Moore John Moore was a best-selling British author and pioneer conservationist. He was described by Sir Compton Mackenzie as the most talented writer about the countryside of his generation. His ...more

Harriet Williams Russell Stron... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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

Terry Nutkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Terence Paul "Terry" Nutkins was an English naturalist, television presenter and author. He was best known for his television appearances, notably in the UK children's programmes ...more

Abbot Kinney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Abbot Kinney was a developer and conservationist. Kinney is best known for his "Venice of America" development in Los Angeles.

F. W. Champion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Frederick Walter Champion was a British forester, who worked in British India and East Africa. In the UK and India he became famous in the 1920s as one of the first wildlife photographers and ...more

Arthur Augustus Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Arthur Augustus Allen was an American ornithologist. Allen was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Daniel Williams Allen and Anna née Moore. He studied at Cornell University, where he ...more

Charles
Charles Jesse Jones, known as Buffalo Jones, was an American frontiersman, farmer, rancher, hunter, and conservationist who cofounded Garden City in the U.S. state of Kansas. He has been cited ...more

Claudine André is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
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 ...more

Bent Skovmand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Sir Bent Skovmand was a Danish plant scientist and conservationist. Time Magazine wrote in 1991 that Skovmand, "'while not exactly a household name,' had had 'more to do with the welfare of ...more

Paul Gruchow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Paul Gruchow Paul Gruchow was an American author, editor, and conservationist from Montevideo, Minnesota. A student of poet John Berryman, he is well known for his strong support of rural communities, as ...more

Douglas Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Douglas Tompkins is an American environmentalist, prominent landowner, conservationist and a former businessman. Tompkins co-founded and ran two clothing companies: the outdoor clothing company ...more

Pete Bethune is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Peter James "Pete" Bethune is a New Zealand promoter of bio-fuels and conservationist. He is the holder of the world record for the fastest trip around the world in a powerboat and was ...more