Lily Maynard

lily maynard

… is a Conservation Programs Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment, specializing in social science and conservation behavior change. Lily completed her master’s and doctorate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, where she studied the conservation impacts of zoos and aquariums across North America. Her research focus is on the field of the human dimensions of wildlife conservation, and she is passionate about researching ways to engage more people in conservation. She grew up at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where she developed a passion for wildlife conservation and getting up close with animals. She studied biology and animal behavior at Smith College and worked for years in Africa and Central America on community-based conservation projects, living in Kenya and working in the same Maasai communities that Project Dragonfly students visit every year! These international experiences were a turning point for her, leading her away from animal behavior research and toward active conservation engagement research focused on people and communities. She was a Fellow in the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program where she worked on a project to inspire the public to help with amphibian conservation. In 2019, Lily started the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) North American Monarchs program, in which she leads organizations across the continent to create pollinator habitat.