Wildlife Trust is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. For more than 35 years, Wildlife Trust has focused its efforts on conservation. Today, we are known for our innovative research on the intricate relationships between wildlife, ecosystems and human health.
Wildlife Trust’s work spans the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to research ways for people and wildlife to share bioscapes for their mutual survival. Our strength is built on our innovations in research, education and training and our accessibility to international conservation partners.
Wildlife Trust empowers local conservation scientists worldwide to protect nature and safeguard ecosystem and human health.
Wildlife Trust was founded in 1971 by British naturalist, author and television personality Gerald M. Durrell, who is perhaps best known for his many entertaining books based on his life’s work with animals, as well as a dozen series on the BBC.
Durrell's love and interest in animals led him to create his own zoo to serve primarily as a breeding center for endangered species. Durrell founded the Jersey Zoological Park in 1958 to house his growing collection of animals. He then built up The Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (now the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) to engage in international conservation efforts, and in 1971, he founded a sister organization in America called Wildlife Preservation Trust International - today we are known as Wildlife Trust.
For more than three decades, Wildlife Trust has been a conservation leader, working to protect ecosystems and all the inhabitants that depend on them. With a multitude of projects in over a dozen countries, Wildlife Trust aims to improve humankind’s ability to save nature and protect ecological health in a world that is increasingly fragmented and dominated by humans. We work with local leaders and scientists in the U.S. and abroad, researching the delicate balance between wildlife, ecosystem and human health. Wildlife Trust is hard at work in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Wildlife Trust is a pioneer in a new discipline called Conservation Medicine. This emerging discipline studies the links between animal, human and ecosystem health. Conservation Medicine bridges disciplines to examine the health of individuals, communities and populations and the ecosystems in which they live. By integrating multiple disciplines, Conservation Medicine provides new skills, tools and vision to the fields of both conservation biology and medicine.
The program’s research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of emerging diseases in marine wildlife populations, as well as terrestrial fauna and avian species. By using multidisciplinary teams, innovative research, scientific excellence and long-term monitoring of sentinel species, we present applied solutions to field practitioners of Conservation Medicine around the world.
Wildlife Trust has exciting plans in place to map hotspots of disease emergence, based on what we know of the history of movement of disease agents among species in the context of what we have learned about the likely consequences of climate and environmental change. Wildlife Trust plans to continue our role empowering conservation scientists, through new degree programs in conservation medicine and related fields, and certificate courses and guidance in building local organizations to protect the environment.
Dr. Mary C. Pearl
Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela