Bill is a graduate of Cornell University (Class of 74) with a lifelong career in wildlife conservation. Since 1981 he has held positions with the World Wildlife Fund – US, Wildlife Preservation Trust International and Conservation International, and has helped establish endangered species conservation programs at the Philadelphia Zoo and Houston Zoo. Among the publications he has co-authored are several of significant value to the international conservation community: Megadiversity: Earth’s Biologically Wealthiest Nations; Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions; and Wilderness: Earth’s Last Wild Places. Mammals are Bill’s special interest.
In addition to his work for the International Rhino Foundation, he serves as a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and as a scientific advisor to the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Nannette, in 1975 and they have two children, Melanie and Evan.
“I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t been fascinated by the Animal Kingdom,” Bill confesses. “If I had lived when the dodo, the passenger pigeon or Stellar’s sea cow were heading down the road to extinction, I’m one hundred percent positive my efforts would have focused on trying to save those species. Today, rhinos desperately need our help if they are going to survive, so joining the IRF team is a real chance for me to make a difference for a fascinating group of animals.”