SUWANNA GAUNTLETT

Founder and CEO

Dedicating her life to protecting rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most hostile and rugged environments, Suwanna Gauntlett has set the trend for a new generation of direct action conservationists. Suwanna has designed, implemented, and supported bold, front-line conservation programs to protect threatened rainforests, save endangered wildlife populations, and directly address the causes of poverty in the tropical belt.

Originally from San Francisco, Suwanna grew up in Brazil and Europe. A formative experience with a jaguar tortured by poachers in the Brazilian rainforest sparked her early connection to the environment. After pursuing her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in France and Switzerland, she began consulting for wildlife conservation organizations, assisting them with strategic planning for direct protection to wildlife in danger. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Suwanna worked on dolphin protection with the marine conservation organization Earthtrust to obtain a ban on drift netting in the South Pacific and to firm up an agreement with Heinz Corporation to produce certified dolphin-free tuna. In 1994, Suwanna joined forces with Global Survival Network to save the Amur (Siberian) Tiger in the Russian Far East, bringing the population from only 80 individuals in 1994 to nearly 400 individuals by 2000. In India, Suwanna worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society of India to reverse the drastic decline of the Olive Ridley turtle along the coast of Orissa. Nestings were brought back from an all-time low of 8,700 in 1998 to 600,000 in 1999 and over 1 million in the year 2000. In Ecuador, responding to the government’s international appeal for help in 1998, Suwanna assisted with the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve from 5 to 40 nautical miles by providing three years of technical assistance, training and equipment to conduct high seas law enforcement operations, and constructing two additional land bases in the northern islands.

At the same time, Suwanna founded and managed The Gauntlett Group, an environmental consulting firm for multi-national corporations, from 1989 to 2000. A pioneer in sustainable development, The Gauntlett Group brought environmental management training to over 100 North American companies and consulting services to such large corporations as Alcoa, Fujitsu, Pfizer Chemicals, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the City of San Francisco and Nike.

As a forerunner of the international norm ISO 14001, The Gauntlett Group’s Environmental Management Systems helped companies to systematically prevent pollution at the source and reduce natural resource use in all areas of operations, in environmental policymaking, product design, material purchasing, management of factory floor operations, and customer use and disposal.

After 11 years of corporate consulting, Suwanna felt, despite her efforts and that of her team, corporations were not reducing sufficiently their negative environmental footprint, especially when operating abroad in developing countries. Suwanna decided to stop consulting for industries and to start her own environmental advocacy group. She founded WildAid, a direct action nonprofit focusing on saving endangered wildlife in the tropical belt, where 90 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is concentrated. She put her consulting experience at the service of governments instead of corporations and formed partnerships with departments such as Forestry Administrations and National Park Offices to assist in strengthening park management and stopping wildlife trafficking.

To found WildAid, Suwanna joined forces with three other environmentalists that had a good track record in direct field protection and measurable results in saving endangered wild species. In 1999, Suwanna Gauntlett, Steven Galster, Peter Knights and Steve Trent pooled their resources and programs together as WildAid: Galapagos Forever in Ecuador, Operation Tiger in the Russian Far East, Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Burma, Kao Yai National Park in Thailand, and two international campaigns in 7 countries, the Shark Campaign and Asian Conservation Awareness Program (ACAP). During the director’s programmatic planning process, a strategic decision was made to expand existing Burma and Thailand programs into neighboring Cambodia where 50% of land mass was still covered by tropical forests and was habitat to globally significant wildlife species. In January 2000, Suwanna started establishing ties with the Cambodian Department of Forestry and Wildlife Protection and National Park Management office who informed her that the biggest threats to biodiversity were encroachment on forestland, illegal logging and wildlife poaching. They said they were puzzled by conservation groups that studied wildlife and forests but only produced reports. The departments were eager to strengthen their own capacity for law enforcement and receive training, equipment and technical assistance from WildAid for arresting poachers and loggers.

In June 2000, Suwanna conducted a country-wide wildlife trafficking assessment and an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the Forestry Department’s Special Forestry Task Forces in charge of law enforcement. This included a three-month field survey with several undercover investigations and two sting operations that netted seven tigers and two bears. After testing the law enforcement capacities of forestry officers in seven provinces, Suwanna designed and facilitated a law enforcement training program, together with one of her WildAid co-directors. The training was delivered in early 2001 to 50 officers from the Forestry Administration and the Royale Gendarmerie Khmer.

Suwanna then moved quickly, signing several Memoranda of Understanding with the department of forestry to create the first wildlife law enforcement mobile unit in the country (to date, still the only one in Southeast Asia). The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) was launched in July 2001, patrolling the entire country and stopping illegal wildlife shipments in cities, on roads and national borders. In just the first six months of operations, WRRT rescued 2,800 live animals and confiscated 2.3 tons of wildlife meat and parts.

However, this success came with new challenges: the WRRT was rescuing an increasing number of animals every month that were now flooding the government wildlife rescue center. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center had no infrastructure and little funding and was considered “the place where animals go to die.” The rescue center needed to be upgraded with humane enclosures, enough food and clean water. Proper veterinary care needed to be developed and keepers needed to be trained. A garbage system had to be put in place. To address this urgent need, Suwanna and her team started immediately to raise funds. By January 2002, she had created a professional team of veterinarians and wildlife husbandry specialists and raised funds for food and medications. The new technical team provided ongoing technical assistance to the government to improve the facility: building new enclosures, training staff, instituting new food regimens and care protocols for the animals. In just a few years, the team turned the facility around. Phnom Tamao is regarded today as the foremost wildlife rescue center in the region.

During the same period, Suwanna and co-director Steve Galster assisted the Department of National Parks to train and equip rangers in Bokor National Park and create the National Ranger Training Center that trained over 500 rangers in the country.

In 2002, based on Wildlife Alliance’s success in fighting the wildlife trade and protecting Bokor National Park, the Department of Forestry asked Suwanna for assistance to protect the Southern Cardamoms. The construction of a new freeway had gutted through over 150 km of the Southern portion of the Cardamom Mountain Range, bringing in uncontrolled wildlife poaching and deforestation. Cambodia’s largest rainforest was going up in flames: 35 to 40 fires were burning the forest every day to clear land for real estate deals. 37 elephants and 12 tigers were killed in just 18 months. Suwanna helped the Department of Forestry organize three small ranger teams to address the urgency of the situation. She started building political will at all levels of government to bring illegal activities under control. Suwanna worked closely with the provincial governor to stop his district governors from selling state forests under the table. She appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for strong intervention to return grabbed land back to State. She worked with three ministries to resolve land grabbing and create a long-term land management plan. In just the first 9 months of ranger operations, 401 cases of land grabbing were stopped, 360 illegal land titles were cancelled, elephant killings were reduced by 98 percent and tiger killings by 50 percent. A long-term land use plan was finalized in 2003 that provided precise zoning along the freeway: village zones were clearly delineated to allocate land for community livelihoods. Outside the villages, forestland was declared strictly protected and visible demarcation posts were installed on the ground. Thanks to persistent vigilance and constant presence on the ground by Wildlife Alliance, the 2003 zoning agreement is still enforced today, ten years later.

These initial efforts then developed into the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program implemented by the Forestry Administration and Wildlife Alliance over the entire Southern Cardamoms. The program includes 6 ranger stations, a tropical reforestation program, a wildlife rehabilitation station, sustainable agriculture and community ecotourism in 4 communes that provide the poorest landless farmers with jobs and income, land and capital, technical know-how and access to markets. Elephant populations are now rebounding with frequent elephant sightings today throughout the Southern Cardamom Range. Wildlife Alliance worked successfully with the Forestry Administration, 5 ministries and the highest levels of government to obtain cancellation or reduction in size of 34 economic land concessions for mining and agro-industry and thus saved forest from destruction representing half the size of Yellowstone National Park. Today, nearly 2 million acres of continuous forest have been maintained in the Southern Cardamoms, one of the great forest conservation achievements in Asia.

For these efforts, Suwanna Gauntlett has been featured on CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, in the New York Times Magazine and other global media outlets. She has received two medals from Prime Minister Hun Sen for her contributions to Cambodia’s people and environment. She continues to work tirelessly to advance the goals of Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia and is currently developing a sustainable development model for the tropical belt to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction and climate change.

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SUWANNA GAUNTLETT

Founder and CEO

Dedicating her life to protecting rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most hostile and rugged environments, Suwanna Gauntlett has set the trend for a new generation of direct action conservationists. Suwanna has designed, implemented, and supported bold, front-line conservation programs to protect threatened rainforests, save endangered wildlife populations, and directly address the causes of poverty in the tropical belt.

Originally from San Francisco, Suwanna grew up in Brazil and Europe. A formative experience with a jaguar tortured by poachers in the Brazilian rainforest sparked her early connection to the environment. After pursuing her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in France and Switzerland, she began consulting for wildlife conservation organizations, assisting them with strategic planning for direct protection to wildlife in danger. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Suwanna worked on dolphin protection with the marine conservation organization Earthtrust to obtain a ban on drift netting in the South Pacific and to firm up an agreement with Heinz Corporation to produce certified dolphin-free tuna. In 1994, Suwanna joined forces with Global Survival Network to save the Amur (Siberian) Tiger in the Russian Far East, bringing the population from only 80 individuals in 1994 to nearly 400 individuals by 2000. In India, Suwanna worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society of India to reverse the drastic decline of the Olive Ridley turtle along the coast of Orissa. Nestings were brought back from an all-time low of 8,700 in 1998 to 600,000 in 1999 and over 1 million in the year 2000. In Ecuador, responding to the government’s international appeal for help in 1998, Suwanna assisted with the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve from 5 to 40 nautical miles by providing three years of technical assistance, training and equipment to conduct high seas law enforcement operations, and constructing two additional land bases in the northern islands.

At the same time, Suwanna founded and managed The Gauntlett Group, an environmental consulting firm for multi-national corporations, from 1989 to 2000. A pioneer in sustainable development, The Gauntlett Group brought environmental management training to over 100 North American companies and consulting services to such large corporations as Alcoa, Fujitsu, Pfizer Chemicals, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the City of San Francisco and Nike.

As a forerunner of the international norm ISO 14001, The Gauntlett Group’s Environmental Management Systems helped companies to systematically prevent pollution at the source and reduce natural resource use in all areas of operations, in environmental policymaking, product design, material purchasing, management of factory floor operations, and customer use and disposal.

After 11 years of corporate consulting, Suwanna felt, despite her efforts and that of her team, corporations were not reducing sufficiently their negative environmental footprint, especially when operating abroad in developing countries. Suwanna decided to stop consulting for industries and to start her own environmental advocacy group. She founded WildAid, a direct action nonprofit focusing on saving endangered wildlife in the tropical belt, where 90 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is concentrated. She put her consulting experience at the service of governments instead of corporations and formed partnerships with departments such as Forestry Administrations and National Park Offices to assist in strengthening park management and stopping wildlife trafficking.

To found WildAid, Suwanna joined forces with three other environmentalists that had a good track record in direct field protection and measurable results in saving endangered wild species. In 1999, Suwanna Gauntlett, Steven Galster, Peter Knights and Steve Trent pooled their resources and programs together as WildAid: Galapagos Forever in Ecuador, Operation Tiger in the Russian Far East, Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Burma, Kao Yai National Park in Thailand, and two international campaigns in 7 countries, the Shark Campaign and Asian Conservation Awareness Program (ACAP). During the director’s programmatic planning process, a strategic decision was made to expand existing Burma and Thailand programs into neighboring Cambodia where 50% of land mass was still covered by tropical forests and was habitat to globally significant wildlife species. In January 2000, Suwanna started establishing ties with the Cambodian Department of Forestry and Wildlife Protection and National Park Management office who informed her that the biggest threats to biodiversity were encroachment on forestland, illegal logging and wildlife poaching. They said they were puzzled by conservation groups that studied wildlife and forests but only produced reports. The departments were eager to strengthen their own capacity for law enforcement and receive training, equipment and technical assistance from WildAid for arresting poachers and loggers.

In June 2000, Suwanna conducted a country-wide wildlife trafficking assessment and an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the Forestry Department’s Special Forestry Task Forces in charge of law enforcement. This included a three-month field survey with several undercover investigations and two sting operations that netted seven tigers and two bears. After testing the law enforcement capacities of forestry officers in seven provinces, Suwanna designed and facilitated a law enforcement training program, together with one of her WildAid co-directors. The training was delivered in early 2001 to 50 officers from the Forestry Administration and the Royale Gendarmerie Khmer.

Suwanna then moved quickly, signing several Memoranda of Understanding with the department of forestry to create the first wildlife law enforcement mobile unit in the country (to date, still the only one in Southeast Asia). The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) was launched in July 2001, patrolling the entire country and stopping illegal wildlife shipments in cities, on roads and national borders. In just the first six months of operations, WRRT rescued 2,800 live animals and confiscated 2.3 tons of wildlife meat and parts.

However, this success came with new challenges: the WRRT was rescuing an increasing number of animals every month that were now flooding the government wildlife rescue center. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center had no infrastructure and little funding and was considered “the place where animals go to die.” The rescue center needed to be upgraded with humane enclosures, enough food and clean water. Proper veterinary care needed to be developed and keepers needed to be trained. A garbage system had to be put in place. To address this urgent need, Suwanna and her team started immediately to raise funds. By January 2002, she had created a professional team of veterinarians and wildlife husbandry specialists and raised funds for food and medications. The new technical team provided ongoing technical assistance to the government to improve the facility: building new enclosures, training staff, instituting new food regimens and care protocols for the animals. In just a few years, the team turned the facility around. Phnom Tamao is regarded today as the foremost wildlife rescue center in the region.

During the same period, Suwanna and co-director Steve Galster assisted the Department of National Parks to train and equip rangers in Bokor National Park and create the National Ranger Training Center that trained over 500 rangers in the country.

In 2002, based on Wildlife Alliance’s success in fighting the wildlife trade and protecting Bokor National Park, the Department of Forestry asked Suwanna for assistance to protect the Southern Cardamoms. The construction of a new freeway had gutted through over 150 km of the Southern portion of the Cardamom Mountain Range, bringing in uncontrolled wildlife poaching and deforestation. Cambodia’s largest rainforest was going up in flames: 35 to 40 fires were burning the forest every day to clear land for real estate deals. 37 elephants and 12 tigers were killed in just 18 months. Suwanna helped the Department of Forestry organize three small ranger teams to address the urgency of the situation. She started building political will at all levels of government to bring illegal activities under control. Suwanna worked closely with the provincial governor to stop his district governors from selling state forests under the table. She appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for strong intervention to return grabbed land back to State. She worked with three ministries to resolve land grabbing and create a long-term land management plan. In just the first 9 months of ranger operations, 401 cases of land grabbing were stopped, 360 illegal land titles were cancelled, elephant killings were reduced by 98 percent and tiger killings by 50 percent. A long-term land use plan was finalized in 2003 that provided precise zoning along the freeway: village zones were clearly delineated to allocate land for community livelihoods. Outside the villages, forestland was declared strictly protected and visible demarcation posts were installed on the ground. Thanks to persistent vigilance and constant presence on the ground by Wildlife Alliance, the 2003 zoning agreement is still enforced today, ten years later.

These initial efforts then developed into the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program implemented by the Forestry Administration and Wildlife Alliance over the entire Southern Cardamoms. The program includes 6 ranger stations, a tropical reforestation program, a wildlife rehabilitation station, sustainable agriculture and community ecotourism in 4 communes that provide the poorest landless farmers with jobs and income, land and capital, technical know-how and access to markets. Elephant populations are now rebounding with frequent elephant sightings today throughout the Southern Cardamom Range. Wildlife Alliance worked successfully with the Forestry Administration, 5 ministries and the highest levels of government to obtain cancellation or reduction in size of 34 economic land concessions for mining and agro-industry and thus saved forest from destruction representing half the size of Yellowstone National Park. Today, nearly 2 million acres of continuous forest have been maintained in the Southern Cardamoms, one of the great forest conservation achievements in Asia.

For these efforts, Suwanna Gauntlett has been featured on CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, in the New York Times Magazine and other global media outlets. She has received two medals from Prime Minister Hun Sen for her contributions to Cambodia’s people and environment. She continues to work tirelessly to advance the goals of Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia and is currently developing a sustainable development model for the tropical belt to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction and climate change.

SUWANNA GAUNTLETT

Founder and CEO

Dedicating her life to protecting rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most hostile and rugged environments, Suwanna Gauntlett has set the trend for a new generation of direct action conservationists.

Originally from San Francisco, Suwanna grew up in Brazil and Europe. A formative experience with a jaguar tortured by poachers in the Brazilian rainforest sparked her early connection to the environment. After pursuing her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in France and Switzerland, she began consulting for wildlife conservation organizations, assisting them with strategic planning for direct protection to wildlife in danger. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Suwanna worked on dolphin protection with the marine conservation organization Earthtrust to obtain a ban on drift netting in the South Pacific and to firm up an agreement with Heinz Corporation to produce certified dolphin-free tuna. In 1994, Suwanna joined forces with Global Survival Network to save the Amur (Siberian) Tiger in the Russian Far East, bringing the population from only 80 individuals in 1994 to nearly 400 individuals by 2000. In India, Suwanna worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society of India to reverse the drastic decline of the Olive Ridley turtle along the coast of Orissa. Nestings were brought back from an all-time low of 8,700 in 1998 to 600,000 in 1999 and over 1 million in the year 2000. In Ecuador, responding to the government’s international appeal for help in 1998, Suwanna assisted with the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve from 5 to 40 nautical miles by providing three years of technical assistance, training and equipment to conduct high seas law enforcement operations, and constructing two additional land bases in the northern islands.

At the same time, Suwanna founded and managed The Gauntlett Group, an environmental consulting firm for multi-national corporations, from 1989 to 2000. A pioneer in sustainable development, The Gauntlett Group brought environmental management training to over 100 North American companies and consulting services to such large corporations as Alcoa, Fujitsu, Pfizer Chemicals, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the City of San Francisco and Nike.

As a forerunner of the international norm ISO 14001, The Gauntlett Group’s Environmental Management Systems helped companies to systematically prevent pollution at the source and reduce natural resource use in all areas of operations, in environmental policymaking, product design, material purchasing, management of factory floor operations, and customer use and disposal.

After 11 years of corporate consulting, Suwanna felt, despite her efforts and that of her team, corporations were not reducing sufficiently their negative environmental footprint, especially when operating abroad in developing countries. Suwanna decided to stop consulting for industries and to start her own environmental advocacy group. She founded WildAid, a direct action nonprofit focusing on saving endangered wildlife in the tropical belt, where 90 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is concentrated. She put her consulting experience at the service of governments instead of corporations and formed partnerships with departments such as Forestry Administrations and National Park Offices to assist in strengthening park management and stopping wildlife trafficking.

To found WildAid, Suwanna joined forces with three other environmentalists that had a good track record in direct field protection and measurable results in saving endangered wild species. In 1999, Suwanna Gauntlett, Steven Galster, Peter Knights and Steve Trent pooled their resources and programs together as WildAid: Galapagos Forever in Ecuador, Operation Tiger in the Russian Far East, Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Burma, Kao Yai National Park in Thailand, and two international campaigns in 7 countries, the Shark Campaign and Asian Conservation Awareness Program (ACAP). During the director’s programmatic planning process, a strategic decision was made to expand existing Burma and Thailand programs into neighboring Cambodia where 50% of land mass was still covered by tropical forests and was habitat to globally significant wildlife species. In January 2000, Suwanna started establishing ties with the Cambodian Department of Forestry and Wildlife Protection and National Park Management office who informed her that the biggest threats to biodiversity were encroachment on forestland, illegal logging and wildlife poaching. They said they were puzzled by conservation groups that studied wildlife and forests but only produced reports. The departments were eager to strengthen their own capacity for law enforcement and receive training, equipment and technical assistance from WildAid for arresting poachers and loggers.

In June 2000, Suwanna conducted a country-wide wildlife trafficking assessment and an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the Forestry Department’s Special Forestry Task Forces in charge of law enforcement. This included a three-month field survey with several undercover investigations and two sting operations that netted seven tigers and two bears. After testing the law enforcement capacities of forestry officers in seven provinces, Suwanna designed and facilitated a law enforcement training program, together with one of her WildAid co-directors. The training was delivered in early 2001 to 50 officers from the Forestry Administration and the Royale Gendarmerie Khmer.

Suwanna then moved quickly, signing several Memoranda of Understanding with the department of forestry to create the first wildlife law enforcement mobile unit in the country (to date, still the only one in Southeast Asia). The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) was launched in July 2001, patrolling the entire country and stopping illegal wildlife shipments in cities, on roads and national borders. In just the first six months of operations, WRRT rescued 2,800 live animals and confiscated 2.3 tons of wildlife meat and parts.

However, this success came with new challenges: the WRRT was rescuing an increasing number of animals every month that were now flooding the government wildlife rescue center. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center had no infrastructure and little funding and was considered “the place where animals go to die.” The rescue center needed to be upgraded with humane enclosures, enough food and clean water. Proper veterinary care needed to be developed and keepers needed to be trained. A garbage system had to be put in place. To address this urgent need, Suwanna and her team started immediately to raise funds. By January 2002, she had created a professional team of veterinarians and wildlife husbandry specialists and raised funds for food and medications. The new technical team provided ongoing technical assistance to the government to improve the facility: building new enclosures, training staff, instituting new food regimens and care protocols for the animals. In just a few years, the team turned the facility around. Phnom Tamao is regarded today as the foremost wildlife rescue center in the region.

During the same period, Suwanna and co-director Steve Galster assisted the Department of National Parks to train and equip rangers in Bokor National Park and create the National Ranger Training Center that trained over 500 rangers in the country.

In 2002, based on Wildlife Alliance’s success in fighting the wildlife trade and protecting Bokor National Park, the Department of Forestry asked Suwanna for assistance to protect the Southern Cardamoms. The construction of a new freeway had gutted through over 150 km of the Southern portion of the Cardamom Mountain Range, bringing in uncontrolled wildlife poaching and deforestation. Cambodia’s largest rainforest was going up in flames: 35 to 40 fires were burning the forest every day to clear land for real estate deals. 37 elephants and 12 tigers were killed in just 18 months. Suwanna helped the Department of Forestry organize three small ranger teams to address the urgency of the situation. She started building political will at all levels of government to bring illegal activities under control. Suwanna worked closely with the provincial governor to stop his district governors from selling state forests under the table. She appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for strong intervention to return grabbed land back to State. She worked with three ministries to resolve land grabbing and create a long-term land management plan. In just the first 9 months of ranger operations, 401 cases of land grabbing were stopped, 360 illegal land titles were cancelled, elephant killings were reduced by 98 percent and tiger killings by 50 percent. A long-term land use plan was finalized in 2003 that provided precise zoning along the freeway: village zones were clearly delineated to allocate land for community livelihoods. Outside the villages, forestland was declared strictly protected and visible demarcation posts were installed on the ground. Thanks to persistent vigilance and constant presence on the ground by Wildlife Alliance, the 2003 zoning agreement is still enforced today, ten years later.

These initial efforts then developed into the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program implemented by the Forestry Administration and Wildlife Alliance over the entire Southern Cardamoms. The program includes 6 ranger stations, a tropical reforestation program, a wildlife rehabilitation station, sustainable agriculture and community ecotourism in 4 communes that provide the poorest landless farmers with jobs and income, land and capital, technical know-how and access to markets. Elephant populations are now rebounding with frequent elephant sightings today throughout the Southern Cardamom Range. Wildlife Alliance worked successfully with the Forestry Administration, 5 ministries and the highest levels of government to obtain cancellation or reduction in size of 34 economic land concessions for mining and agro-industry and thus saved forest from destruction representing half the size of Yellowstone National Park. Today, nearly 2 million acres of continuous forest have been maintained in the Southern Cardamoms, one of the great forest conservation achievements in Asia.

For these efforts, Suwanna Gauntlett has been featured on CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, in the New York Times Magazine and other global media outlets. She has received two medals from Prime Minister Hun Sen for her contributions to Cambodia’s people and environment. She continues to work tirelessly to advance the goals of Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia and is currently developing a sustainable development model for the tropical belt to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction and climate change.

Dedicated and passionate conservation professionals

Dedicated and passionate conservation professionals

Dedicated and passionate conservation professionals

NICK MARX

Wildlife Programs Director

Nick Marx has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, working in park management, wildlife conservation, and animal care in the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia for forty-five years. He has extensive experience with large carnivores, primates, elephants, and other mammals, and he holds a master’s degree in conservation biology.

Since 2002, Nick has worked in Cambodia, serving as Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care programs and in 2013 was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrie by the Cambodian government for his work in conservation. Here he has applied his experience to acute issues of wildlife trafficking, rescue, rehabilitation, and re-wilding wild animals. Nick’s work provides a model for wildlife rehabilitation and release and some of the country’s silent forests are coming back to life with the reintroduction of small carnivores, ungulates, primates, and birds.

Nick has lectured broadly on his pioneering and successful “hands on” approach to the husbandry and breeding of carnivores in America and UK, including at Banham Zoo in Warwickshire, UK; Born Free open days; and International Small Felid Workshop, in Las Vegas. He has also published broadly on wildlife conservation and animal husbandry including contributions to the magazine of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers, on tiger husbandry; International Zoo News, on breeding clouded leopards in captivity; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Cat Specialist Group’s Cat News, on the monitored release of leopard cats and the Small Carnivore Journal on the monitored release of binturongs.

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NICK MARX

Wildlife Programs Director

Nick Marx has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, working in park management, wildlife conservation, and animal care in the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia for forty-five years. He has extensive experience with large carnivores, primates, elephants, and other mammals, and he holds a master’s degree in conservation biology.

Since 2002, Nick has worked in Cambodia, serving as Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care programs and in 2013 was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrie by the Cambodian government for his work in conservation. Here he has applied his experience to acute issues of wildlife trafficking, rescue, rehabilitation, and re-wilding wild animals. Nick’s work provides a model for wildlife rehabilitation and release and some of the country’s silent forests are coming back to life with the reintroduction of small carnivores, ungulates, primates, and birds.

Nick has lectured broadly on his pioneering and successful “hands on” approach to the husbandry and breeding of carnivores in America and UK, including at Banham Zoo in Warwickshire, UK; Born Free open days; and International Small Felid Workshop, in Las Vegas. He has also published broadly on wildlife conservation and animal husbandry including contributions to the magazine of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers, on tiger husbandry; International Zoo News, on breeding clouded leopards in captivity; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Cat Specialist Group’s Cat News, on the monitored release of leopard cats and the Small Carnivore Journal on the monitored release of binturongs.

NICK MARX

Wildlife Programs Director

Nick Marx has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, working in park management, wildlife conservation, and animal care in the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia for forty-five years.

Since 2002, Nick has worked in Cambodia, serving as Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care programs and in 2013 was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrie by the Cambodian government for his work in conservation. Here he has applied his experience to acute issues of wildlife trafficking, rescue, rehabilitation, and re-wilding wild animals. Nick’s work provides a model for wildlife rehabilitation and release and some of the country’s silent forests are coming back to life with the reintroduction of small carnivores, ungulates, primates, and birds.

Nick has lectured broadly on his pioneering and successful “hands on” approach to the husbandry and breeding of carnivores in America and UK, including at Banham Zoo in Warwickshire, UK; Born Free open days; and International Small Felid Workshop, in Las Vegas. He has also published broadly on wildlife conservation and animal husbandry including contributions to the magazine of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers, on tiger husbandry; International Zoo News, on breeding clouded leopards in captivity; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Cat Specialist Group’s Cat News, on the monitored release of leopard cats and the Small Carnivore Journal on the monitored release of binturongs.

Wildlife Alliance is at the forefront of direct conservation action. Thanks to your donation, our team is able to successfully carry out frontline programs that have protected some of the world’s most threatened forests and wild species.

Wildlife Alliance is at the forefront of direct conservation action. Thanks to your donation, our team is able to successfully carry out frontline programs that have protected some of the world’s most threatened forests and wild species.

Wildlife Alliance is at the forefront of direct conservation action. Thanks to your donation, our team is able to successfully carry out frontline programs that have protected some of the world’s most threatened forests and wild species.

  • Charles C. Goodfellow, III, Chairman and Treasurer
  • Neal P. Myerberg, Secretary
  • Suwanna Gauntlett
  • Badreyyah Alireza
  • Brad Andrews
  • John Seidensticker, Ph.D.
  • Noah Osnos
  • James Prappas

As of January 6th, 2016, there are 8 voting Board Members.

As of January 6th, 2016, there are 8 voting Board Members.

International Advisory Board

  • Virginia M. Busch, Executive Director of Endangered Wolf Center and Board Member of SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
  • Justin F.L. Duffy, Finance and Operations Director, Pernod Ricard Thailand LTD
  • David P. Ferris, Director, Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project
  • Elysée Forrest-Price, Homemaker
  • Robin Noelle Gansky, Realtor
  • Roya Hakimzadeh, Film Distributor, Retired Film Producer
  • Matthew Jeffery, Conservationist, National Audubon Society
  • Christine Lanser, Development Associate, Forest Trends
  • Andrew Levin, Retired Attorney and State Legislator
  • Laurel A. Neme PhD, Author, Radio Show Host
  • Jeffrey North, Senior Corporate Practices Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Steven G. Olson, VP Governmental Affairs, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Justin Oswald, Promotion/Events
  • Carmen Pang, Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Lorraine Parmer, Retired Educator
  • Cory S. Pulfrey, Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Cambodia Office

New York Office

  • Jess Knierim – Development Associate

HISTORY

Since 1995, Wildlife Alliance has implemented cutting-edge conservation programs in Southeast Asia, Russia, South America, and the Western Pacific.

1995 A group of conservationists establishes the environmental and human rights group Global Survival Network (GSN), which is renamed Wildlife Alliance in 2006.

1995 Creation of Inspection Tiger Anti-Poaching Patrols in the Russian Far East to save the Siberian tiger and Amur leopard. The tiger population rebounds from only 80 individuals in 1994 to over 400 in 2000.

1996 Program design and technical assistance to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) in protecting India’s Olive Ridley turtle from being destroyed by industrial trawlers.

1998 Assistance to the Ecuadorian government in expanding the Galapagos Marine Reserve boundary from 2 nautical miles to 40, providing capacity building, infrastructure expansion, and community outreach.

1998 Strengthening biodiversity protection of Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Myanmar.

1999 – 2003 Strengthening biodiversity protection of Kao Yai National Park in Thailand.

2000 Creation of the Cambodia Conservation Program.

2001 Establishment of the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team.

2002 Establishment of the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program.

2004 Creation of the Community Agriculture Development Project.

2006 Creation of the Mobile Environmental Education Unit.

2007  Preparing Community-Based Ecotourism project in Chi Phat by facilitating community visioning through the APPA process.

2007 CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° series, Planet in Peril, features Wildlife Alliance programs in Thailand and Cambodia.

2008 Wildlife Alliance launches a reforestation project to reconnect the fragmented rainforest in the Cardamom Mountains.

2008 Community-Based Ecotourism in Chi Phat officially opens for business.

2009 Development of Trapeang Rung Community-Based Ecotourism.

2009 MSNBC and Jeff Corwin visit Cambodia to film Wildlife Alliance field projects for the 100 Heartbeats documentary.

2010 The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team begins serving as Cambodia’s national task force for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network.

2011 Wildlife Alliance obtained the cancellation of a titanium mine that would have destroyed 4,400 hectares of densely forested land in the Southern Cardamom Mountains.

2013 Wildlife Alliance initiates the Wildlife Release Project at Angkor Archaeological Park in conjunction with the Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority.