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Bill Weber, Ph.D.

Dr. Bill Weber has worked for 30 years in the field of international conservation, combining action to save wild lands and wildlife with concern for local human needs. He lived in Africa for a decade, including seven years in Rwanda, where he initiated the highly successful mountain gorilla tourism and community outreach program.

As director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program from 1988-1996, Bill created a Congo Basin Program that helped establish more than 20 new protected areas, produced the first reliable data on forest elephant and great ape populations, and developed effective alliances with local communities, commercial timber companies, and other non-traditional partners. As the Society’s North America Program director from 1996-2005, Bill turned his attention to wildlife recovery, ecological connectivity, energy development and community based conservation.

Following a two-year return to Rwanda in 2006, Bill is currently acting director of Two Countries One Forest, an organization dedicated to trans-boundary conservation and connectivity in the Northern Appalachian forest region of southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.

Bill has authored dozens of articles on subjects ranging from ecotourism to cultural factors in conservation, and gorillas to bison. His work has been featured in National Geographic, National Public Radio, PBS, CNN and other media outlets. He is senior editor of African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation. His book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas, which he wrote with his wife, Dr. Amy Vedder, was featured by BBC Wildlife as one of “the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing,” and selected as a “Best Science and Nature book” by National Public Radio.

Bill is currently writing another book on his experiences in Africa and North America from his home in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.