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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 Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the ...more

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved ...more

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William Holden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
William Holden (born April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981) was an American actor who was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the ...more

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Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the ...more

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Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Ansel Adams
Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, ...more

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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

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Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
William Edgar Oddie, (born 7 July 1941) is an English writer, comedian, composer, musician, artist, birder, conservationist, television presenter and actor. 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 Wilson (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, ...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 Spanish pronunciation: [Cay-reel-yo] (August 6, 1880 – September 10, 1961), was an American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist. He was best ...more
Peter Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Sir Peter Markham Scott, (14 September 1909 – 29 August 1989) was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer, broadcaster and sportsman. The only child of Robert Falcon ...more
Terri Irwin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Terri Raines Irwin (born July 20, 1964) is an American-Australian naturalist, conservationist, author, and the owner of Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland. A native Oregonian from the United ...more
Henry Fairfield Osborn ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Henry Fairfield Osborn, Sr. (August 8, 1857 – November 6, 1935) was an American paleontologist and geologist. He was 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, ( , January 19, 1917 – May 26, 2015), was a Missouri timber magnate, conservationist, and philanthropist.
Jeff Corwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Jeffrey Corwin (born July 11, 1967) is an American biologist and wildlife conservationist, known for hosting Disney Channel's Going Wild with Jeff Corwin, The Jeff Corwin Experience on Animal ...more
Roger Payne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Roger Searle Payne (born January 29, 1935) is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery (with Scott McVay) of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became ...more
Kevin Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Kevin Kelly (born August 14, 1952) 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, ...more
James Theodore Richmond ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
James Theodore (Ted) Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" (May 26, 1890 – December 3, 1975) 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 (born Mehgan Renee Heaney; August 26, 1977) is an American champion freediver, fashion model, actress, conservationist, and TV personality.
Peter Cundall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Peter Joseph Cundall, (born 1 April 1927) is an English-born Australian horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality. He currently lives in Tasmania's Tamar ...more
Farley Mowat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Farley McGill Mowat, (May 12, 1921 – May 6, 2014) was a Canadian writer and environmentalist. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books. He achieved ...more
Louis Bromfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Louis Bromfield (December 27, 1896 – March 18, 1956) was an American author and conservationist. He gained international recognition, won the Pulitzer Prize, and pioneered innovative scientific ...more
John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
John Michael Greer (born 1962) is an American author who writes on ecology, religion, philosophy, politics, appropriate technology, oil depletion and the occult. He served from December 2003 to ...more
Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Madison Grant
Madison Grant (November 19, 1865 – May 30, 1937) was an American lawyer, writer, and zoologist known primarily for his work as a eugenicist/racist and conservationist as one of the leading ...more
Richard Leakey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Conservationists
Richard Erskine Frere Leakey FRS (born 19 December 1944) is a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and politician. Leakey has held a number of official positions in Kenya, mostly in ...more