These days, social media is more important than ever for conservationists who are looking to get their message across and spread awareness for the problems that plague species. And some of them use it incredibly well, yielding massive clout and instantly informing the public about their challenges -- and their victories.
We've compiled some of the best conservationists (individuals, not organizations) and other conservation-minded people who use social media to advance their or others' research -- with the ultimate goal of saving the world's species. While there is some debate about exactly who qualifies as a "conservationist" in the strict sense of the word, for the purposes of this Twitter list we included scientists who work on conservation problems, communications managers who advocate for conservation, and outspoken supporters who spread the message of conversation around the globe.
(Note: we're bound to have left some out -- tweet
@melissa_cronin with suggestions, and we'll add them to the list.)
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UPDATE: We've received an outpouring of other inspiring conservation tweeters, and have added them to this growing list!
1. Paula Kahumbu, CEO of Wildlife Direct 2. David Shepherd, wildlife artist and conservationist 3. John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General at CITES 4. Alex Hofford, photojournalist 5. Will Travers, Founder of the Born Free Foundation 6. Chris Packham, naturalist and BBC broadcaster 7. Mark Avery, environmental expert and conservationist 8. Braam Malherbe, conservationist and TV presenter 9. Jeffrey Ventre, former SeaWorld trainer and orca expert 10. Chris Parsons, marine mammal scientists and conservationist 11. David Shiffman, marine scientist 12. Craig McClain, marine biologist and editor-in-chief, Deep Sea News 13. Richard Fox, butterfly conservationist 14. Andrew David Thaler, marine scientist and conservationist 15. Simon King, nature broadcaster 16. Simon Reeve, broadcaster 17. Carly Ziter, conservationist 18. Stephanie Shuttler, conservation scientist 19. Chris Morgan, ecologist and conservationist 20. Brendan Godley, conservation scientist 21. Jeff Friedman, orca conservationist 22. Karl Vernes, wildlife biologist and conservationist 23. Ingrid Visser, orca and marine mammal expert 24. Phil Torres, conservation biologist 25. John R. Platt, journalist covering endangered species 26. Annie Anderson, shark conservationist 27. Fabien Cousteau, ocean advocate and explorer 28. Ric O'Barry, marine mammal conservationist and star of the documentary The Cove 29. Sam Simon, The Simpsons creator, conservationist and activist 30. Adam Welz, conservationist and writer 31. Mark Gately, Wildlife Conservation Society 32. Bill Sutherland, founder, ConservationEvidence.com 33. Corey Bradshaw, conservationist and professor 34. Andrew Whitworth, conservation biologist 35. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer 36. Hugh Possingham, professor of conservation research 37. Emily Darling, conservationist 38. Paul Watson, Capt. of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society 39. M. Sanjayan, senior scientist at Conservation International 40. Simon Pierce, marine biologist 41. Nicholas Dulvy, fisheries scientist 42. Paul Greenberg, fisheries and aquaculture expert 43. Trevor Branch, fisheries scientist 44. Kristofer Helgen, conservationist 45. Alisa Schwartz, marine conservationist 46. Nicolas Gonzalez, conservationist at the Audubon Society 47. Sandy McElhaney, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society 48. Kate Redman, marine mammologist 49. Erin Eastwood, marine conservationist 50. Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, marine scientist and conservationist 51. David Steen, wildlife ecologist 52. Elissa Sursara, wildlife expert and journalist 53. Brian Gratwicke, conservation biologist 54. Damian Aspinall, conservationist 55. Chris Bird, shark ecologist and conservationist 56. Joel Berger, Senior scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society 57. Asher Jay, conservationist and artist 58. Bruce Cantrell, researcher, diver and conservation 59. Carl Safina, professor and TV host 60. Kimberly Ventre, orca advocate and conservationist 61. Erin Ashe, marine conservation biologist 62. Laurens de Groot, conservationist 63. Erich Hoyt, whale researcher and conservationist 64. Shawn Heinrichs, photographer and marine conservationist 65. Jason G. Goldman, conservation and science writer 66. Elena Bennett, ecosystem ecologist 67. Isabelle M. Côté, marine ecologist 68. Mike Cranfield, gorilla conservationist 69. Ayana Elizabeth, marine biologist 70. Julia Baum, marine biologist 71. Lesley Rochat, shark conservationist 72. Angie Gullan, dolphin conservationist 73. Chris Mercer, African wildlife conservationist 73. Joyce Poole, elephant conservationist 74. Raabia Hawa, wildlife conservationist 75. Malcolm M. Campbell, biologist and writer 76. Karen Trendler, conservationist and rhino rescuer 77. Çağan Şekercioğlu, conservationist and ecologist 78. Catherine Potvin, conservationist 79. Bill Cronon, environmental historian 80. Dawn Wright, marine scientist 81. Katie Hinde, evolutionary biologist 82. Andrew Wright, marine mammal scientist and conservationist 83. Carol Ray, conservationist and activist 84. Scott Roberton, conservationist 85. Emma Stokes, conservationist 86. Stacy Jupiter, marine scientist 87. Cristian Samper, Wildlife Conservation Society 88. Sue Lieberman, conservationist 89. Diane Neff, ocean advocate 90. Ian Somerhalder, actor, conservationist and activist 91. Brett Soberg, sustainability and conservation tweeter