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IRF Board of Directors

Evan Blumer

Evan S Blumer, VMD, MS

OsoMono LTD

Dr. Evan Blumer has worked for more than 25 years to integrate wildlife, habitat and energy conservation strategies with new, sustainable development models.
 
For the majority of his career, Dr. Blumer has worked as a Wildlife Veterinarian and Conservation Biologist. With extensive “field experience” in more than 15 countries, and a pioneering role in the development of large-scale “Conservation Centers”, Blumer has endeavored to bridge the gap between traditional zoological facilities and free-ranging populations of the planet’s most threatened wildlife species.
 
From 2002 – 2010, Dr. Blumer led (as Executive Director) the growth and advancement of the Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative Conservation, Science and Education Centers in the world. While his work at the Wilds allowed Blumer to advance new models for wildlife and habitat conservation, the opportunity to manage this large land-base also allowed for the development of Advanced Energy and Land-Use strategies.  Blumer has led the development of the “Prairie Power” and “Carbon Prairie” projects which have identified new ways to put severely degraded land to use in the production of “Biomass” for energy generation, as well as “sequestering” significant amounts of atmospheric carbon, all while rebuilding soils and enhancing biodiversity.
 
In addition to novel land-use strategies, Blumer has extensive experience with sustainable real-estate development and Eco-tourism. He served as a member of the Design Team for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, spearheaded both university residential facility and eco-lodging development at the Wilds, and has partnered with the Mantis Group on the development of zoological/safari parks related lodging. Blumer has also contributed to the concept and planning efforts for: the Sanctuary, Maio Island, Republic of Cape Verde; the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia; and The Vasequillo Project (eco-city), Puebla, Mexico.
 
In 2011 Blumer created OsoMono LTD, a consultancy practice focused on Wildlife, Habitat and  Energy Conservation Strategies, with a primarily international focus. Working with a diverse array of partners and clients, recent projects have included: zoological and wildlife projects in Chile, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Cape Verde and the United Kingdom; sustainability and alternative energy projects in Mexico and the United States; and land-use and park planning in Mexico and Chile.
 
Blumer’s academic training includes Bucknell University (B.S.), State University of N.Y. at Stony Brook (M.S.), and the University of Pennsylvania (V.M.D. and Ph.D. program), and he has held academic appointments at several colleges and universities. Blumer is a board member of the Appalachian Alternative Energy Institute, a founding member of the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) consortium, serves on the Steering Committee of the IUCN – Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, and is Board Member of the International Rhino Foundation.