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Affiliation: 
Wildlife Conservation Society
Title: 
Assistant Director for Conservation
Expertise: 
Conservation

Biography

Dr. Bill Weber has worked for 30 years in the field of international conservation. He lived in Africa for nine years and was co-founder of the highly successful Mountain Gorilla Project in Rwanda, where he continues to advise the national park service on several projects. His field experience ranges from central and eastern Africa to the Alaskan Arctic. He is a recognized expert in human aspects of conservation and a pioneer of the modern ecotourism movement. Dr. Weber has authored dozens of articles on subjects ranging from community development to carnivore conservation and his work has been featured in multiple films in the US and Europe. His experiences in Rwanda are described in the book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas, which he wrote with his wife, Dr. Amy Vedder. Their book was featured by BBC Wildlife in 2003 as one of _the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing and selected as one of the _Best Science and Nature books by National Public Radio and the Toronto Globe and Mail in 2001. Dr. Weber is a Senior Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, currently writing a new book titled Gorillas to Grizzlies: Natural Reflections on Saving the Wild. He is co-author of In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land