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Global Team

Alejandro Galvan Aviña

Alejandro Galvan Aviña

A Baja California native, Alex has been immersed in the natural history programs since childhood.  For the past seven years, he has worked primarily with international tourists throughout Mexico including Mexico City and Xcaret, Cancun. 

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Rafael E. “Lalo” Galvan Aviña

Rafael E. “Lalo” Galvan Aviña

Rafael’s childhood was extraordinary. Spent exploring the urban hillsides around his family’s home in Tijuana, then traversing the ridges surrounding his ancestor’s historic rancho (Rancho San Gregorio), and spending his summers with the first Earth

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Rafael Galvan Villavicencio

Rafael Galvan Villavicencio

Rafael is a holistic wellness practitioner specializing in healthy lifestyle changes and naturopathic treatments. Rafael’s family has lived at Rancho San Gregorio for over a century where he now operates a holistic wellness clinic. He

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Lane McDonald

Lane McDonald

Lane has a double master’s degree from UCLA and was a college biology instructor for thirty-eight years specializing in marine biology and human ecology. He has created and taught field programs in Baja California since

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Datu Md Ahbam Bin Abulani

Datu Md Ahbam Bin Abulani

… began working in the field assisting with orang-utan research in the 1990s with HUTAN, a French NGO based in Malaysian Borneo. HUTAN has a strong focus on staff capacity building and Bam progressed to

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Marc Ancrenaz

Marc Ancrenaz

…is the Director of the “Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project”, in Sabah, Malaysia. A native of France but resident of Malaysia, his research focuses on a variety of topics including eco-ethological studies of orang-utan adaptation to

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Samantha James

Samantha James

… MLIS, is the Community Outreach Manager, Iwokrama. Samantha grew up in Toronto to Guyanese parents but for the past 12 years has been working with the wildlife clubs of the North Rupununi. She believes

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David Jenike

David Jenike

… is Chief Operating Officer at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. David has a magical way of involving his students, youngsters, and adults in his program presentations and interpretations of the natural world. David

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Laurie Marker

Laurie Marker

… is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) based in Namibia, Africa. Having worked with cheetahs since 1974, Laurie set up the not-for profit CCF in 1990 and moved to Namibia

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Sharon Matola

Sharon Matola

… is a wild woman. Never, ever taking no for an answer, she has built the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center into one of the world’s most effective zoos and conservation organizations. Starting with

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Thane Maynard

Thane Maynard

… is Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Thane is best known as a writer and host of numerous wildlife programs, including the daily public radio series The 90Second Naturalist, which

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Meghann McDonald

Meghann McDonald

… has been an ocean-based creature from the very start. She grew up on the Sea of Cortez, snorkeling, dissecting marine creatures, and listening to her father lecture his college students on the magic of

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Bariushaa Munkhtsog

Bariushaa Munkhtsog

… Dr. Bariushaa Munkhtsog has been working with snow leopards since 1993 and was active in the reintroduction of Przewalski’s horse at Hustain Nuruu National Park, Mongolia. He currently serves as senior wildlife biologist at

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Celso Poot

Celso Poot

Celso Poót started working with the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center in 1994. From 1997 to 1999, he worked in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Vampire Bat Education, Control and Research Program and with the

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Sorrayut (Asia) Ratanapojnard

Sorrayut (Asia) Ratanapojnard

… Dr. Sorrayut received his PhD in Environmental Education from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. He is a professor at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has ordained as a Buddhist

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Samantha Russell

Samantha Russell

… is a doctoral candidate in Conservation Ecology. Closely affiliated with the African Conservation Centre, she lives and works in the South Rift Valley in Kenya where her work involves establishing a practical ecological monitoring

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Jongdee To-im

Jongdee To-im

… is a Thai woman who graduated with her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Education from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2009 and Master Degree of Arts in Teaching from Miami University as Global Field Program

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Ursula Valdez

Ursula Valdez

…is a tropical biologist, ornithologist and conservationist. She obtained a biology degree from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru and a master’s degree in Zoology and Animal Behavior from North Carolina State University.

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David Western

David Western

… is chairman of the African Conservation Centre. A Kenya citizen, he was raised and educated in Tanzania, obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Leicester University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi. He began

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