Letter of Concern from the International Community of Conservationists and Scholars


Source: Any Hope For Nature (#anyhopefornature)


Via email to: iran@un.int Via fax to: +1 212 867-7086

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
c/o H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA

Your Excellency:

We are an international community of conservation practitioners and scholars. We all chose this path out of sheer love and passion for wildlife and the natural environment, both of which are increasingly under pressure in many regions of the world. We work in many such places, in order to address these challenges in close collaboration with national scientists, conservationists, and governmental organizations. Many of us have worked in Iran in the past.

Nine months ago, our colleagues Houman Jowkar, Taher Ghadirian, Sepideh Kashani, Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz, Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi, Sam Radjabi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, and Kavous Seyed Emami, were arrested and have since been in prison, with Mr. Seyed Emami regrettably passing away during that period. Four of them are now charged with “sowing corruption on earth”. We understand these charges are in connection to conservationists using tools of science, such as camera traps, which are suspected of having been used to undermine the national security interests of Iran. Camera traps are now a standard tool for wildlife monitoring, being deployed for that purpose in many regions around the world. Camera traps deliver invaluable, first-hand evidence on the presence of endangered species when they approach within a few meters. They are an essential tool in providing a critical basis for both science and conservation strategies to save species from extinction.

All of the conservationists in question have dedicated their lives to the conservation of wildlife in Iran, including the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah. Throughout their careers, they have always promoted the image of Iran in the international conservation community and applauded its efforts to conserve wildlife while facing many other challenges. They have also inspired young biologists and conservationists in Iran to follow in their footsteps. To the best of our knowledge, our colleagues have worked and carried themselves with the highest moral integrity.

We are convinced that their work and research had no second means or objectives. Given the general international political backdrop and sometimes tense relationships between countries, we fully understand the current concerns. We are horrified about the thought that the neutral field of conservation could ever be used to pursue political objectives. We as a community strongly condemn that, and we are convinced our colleagues had no such part.

We stand by the innocence of the conservationists in question and urge you to call for a fair and just evaluation of the evidence, access to lawyers of their choice and a transparent trial. Some of us are ready to provide evidence and witness testimony upon request.


The Honorable Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani Head of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. (south of Serah-e Jomhouri) Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran

Distinguished conservationists

  1. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder – Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
  2. George Archibald, Co-Founder & Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
  3. Iain Douglas-Hamilton CBE, Founder, Save the Elephants
  4. Carl G. Jones MBE, Professor, Chief Scientist – Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scientific Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
  5. Ullas Karanth, Director – Centre for Wildlife Studies, Fellow – Indian Academy of Sciences
  6. Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
  7. Laurie Marker, Founder & Executive Director – Cheetah Conservation Fund, Chair – Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia
  8. Ian Redmond OBE, Ambassador – UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, Chairman – Ape Alliance, Chairman – The Gorilla Organization
  9. Michael Succow, Professor Emeritus, Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature


  1. Huseyin Ambarli, Assistant Professor, Duzce University, Turkey
  2. Steven C. Anderson, Professor Emeritus – University of the Pacific, Fellow and Research Associate – California Academy of Sciences, USA
  3. Alexandre Antonelli, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  4. Sergio A. Balaguera-Reina, Associate Professor, Universidad de Ibague, Colombia
  5. Andrew Balmford, Professor, University of Cambridge, UK
  6. Sabine Begall, Professor, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  7. Nard Bennas, Professor, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
  8. Matthew Betts, Professor, Oregon State University, USA
  9. Luigi Boitani, Professor, Universita di Roma, Italy
  10. Nils Bunnefeld, Professor, Stirling University, UK
  11. Cole Burton, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada
  12. Gerardo Ceballos, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  13. Guillaume Chapron, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  14. Yann Clough, Professor, Lund University, Sweden
  15. Joseph Cook, Professor, University of New Mexico, USA
  16. Joris Cromsigt, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  17. Andrew Cunningham, Professor – Deputy Director, Zoological Society of London, UK
  18. Valerie Curtis, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  19. Satoshi Daigako Ohdachi, Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
  20. Chris Darimont, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Canada
  21. Zoe Davies, Professor, University of Kent, UK
  22. Nishith Dharaiya, Associate Professor, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, India
  23. Enrico Di Minin, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  24. Karlheinz Erb, Associate Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  25. Rasmus Fensholt, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  26. Marco Festa-Bianchet, Professor, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  27. Juraj Grizelj, Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  28. Helmut Haberl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  29. Kristofer Helgen, Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia
  30. Djuro Huber, Professor Emeritus, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  31. Mei Hshi Hwang, Associate Professor, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, Taiwan
  32. Hans de Iongh, Professor, University of Antwerp – Institute of Environmental Sciences, Belgium – The Netherlands
  33. Klemen Jerina, Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  34. Julia P.G. Jones, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  35. Douglas Kelt, Professor, University of California, USA
  36. Christian Kiffner, Professor, The School of Field Studies, Tanzania
  37. Richard Kingsford, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia
  38. John Koprowski, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, USA
  39. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  40. Holger Kreft, Professor, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany
  41. Mariska Kret, Assistant Professor, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  42. Miha Krofel, Assistant Professor, Ljubljana University, Slovenia
  43. Tobias Kuemmerle, Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  44. Thomas Lacher Jr., Professor, Texas A&M University, USA
  45. Paolo Lanfranchi, Professor, University of Milan, Italy
  46. Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor – Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair (Emeritus), James Cook University – International Nature Conservation, Australia
  47. Sandro Lovari, Senior Professor – Siena University, Chairman – 
    IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group, Italy
  48. Ralph Mac Nally, Centenary Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
  49. Georgina Mace, Professor, University College London, UK
  50. Ikki Matsuda, Associate Professor, Chubu University, Japan
  51. Rodrigo Medellin, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  52. Patrick Meyfroidt, Professor, UCLouvain, Belgium
  53. Eleanor-Jane Milner-Gulland, Professor, University of Oxford, UK
  54. Marco Musiani, Professor, University of Calgary, Canada
  55. Anna Nekaris, Professor, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  56. Kate Neville, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  57. Dusit Ngoprasert, Professor, Thai University, Thailand
  58. Vincent Nijman, Professor, Oxford Brooks University, UK
  59. Javier Palomo, Professor, University of Malaga, Spain
  60. James L. Patton, Professor Emeritus – University of California, Curator – Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, USA  
  61. Jairo Perez-Torres, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
  62. Stuart Pimm, Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  63. Viorel D. Popescu, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, USA
  64. Hugh Possingham, Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia
  65. Andrew S. Pullin, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  66. Shiamala Ratnayeke, Associate Professor, Sunway University, Malaysia
  67. Steven Redpath, Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK
  68. Virgilio do Rosario, Professor Emeritus, University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  69. Luca Rossi, Professor, University of Torino, Italy
  70. Jarkko Saarinen, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland
  71. Nuria Selva, Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences – IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Poland
  72. Narayan Sharma, Associate Professor, Cotton University, India
  73. Anindya Sinha, Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India
  74. Thomas Sterner, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  75. Cédric Sueur, Associate Professor, University of Strasbourg, France
  76. Bill Sutherland, Professor, Cambridge University, UK
  77. Jon E. Swenson, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
  78. Christian Walzer, Professor, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
  79. James Watson, Professor – Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, Australia
  80. Serge Wich, Professor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  81. Richard Woodward, Professor, Texas A&M University, USA
  82. Richard Wrangham, Professor – Harvard University, 
    Founder – Kibale Chimpanzee Project, USA
  83. Wolfgang Wüster, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  84. Yuki Yamada, Associate Professor, Kyushu University, Japan
  85. Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar
  86. Heliot Zarza, Professor, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Unidad Lerma, Mexico
  87. Andreas Zedrosser, Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway


  1. Teresa Abaigar, Researcher, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  2. Aldemar A. Acevedo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  3. Korsh Ararat, University of Sulaimani, Iraq
  4. Nasser Al-Arimi, Researcher, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  5. Francisco Álvares, Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  6. Franco Andreone, Curator of Zoology, Turin Museum of Natural History – IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, Italy
  7. Marine Arakelyan, Head of Chair of Zoology, Yerevan State University Armenia
  8. Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico
  9. Anibal Arce Medina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  10. Marc Artois, Retired Health Ecologist, Lorraine Investigation in Animal and Environment Health, France
  11. Kamil Bartoń, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  12. Colin Beale, Lecturer, University of York, UK
  13. Ana Benitez-Lopez, Postdoctoral Fellow, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  14. Carmen Bessa Gomes, Lecturer, AgroParisTech, France
  15. José Carlos Brito, Principal Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  16. Ana Rita Caldas Patrício, Researcher, University of Exeter – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, UK-Portugal
  17. Alison Cameron, Senior Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  18. Miguel Carretero, Principal Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  19. Victor Castelazo Calva, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  20. Paulo Catry, Research Fellow, Marine and Environmental Sciences Center, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Portugal
  21. Teresa Catry, Research Assistant, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  22. Anthony Chariton, Senior Scientist – Lecturer, Macquarie University, Australia
  23. Marie Charpentier, Director of Research, University of Montpellier, France
  24. Eustatius du Chavoux Luyt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa – Namibia
  25. Rosie Cooney, Honorary Lecturer, Australian National University, Australia
  26. Paola Correa, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  27. Malinalli Cortés Marcial, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Xochimilco, Mexico
  28. Angelica Crottini, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  29. Fredrik Dalerum, University of Oviedo, Spain
  30. Askar Davletbakov, National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan
  31. Marta DeBarba, Researcher, Laboratoire d Ecologie Alpine, France
  32. Maylis Desrousseaux, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers-L’École supérieure des géomètres et topographes, France
  33. Lilia Dmitrieva, Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
  34. Sarah Durant, Senior Research Fellow – Zoological Society of London, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute – Tanzania National Parks, UK
  35. Johan Ekroos, Research Scientist, Lund University, Sweden
  36. Andy Foote, Senior Researcher, University of Bangor, UK
  37. Nikunj Gajera, Gujarat Institute Of Desert Ecology, India
  38. Cécile Garcia, Researcher, Musée de l’Homme, France
  39. Veronika Gaube, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  40. Alexander Georgiev, Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  41. Martin Gilbert, Doctor in Wildlife Health, UK
  42. Luis Martin Gonzalez Gomez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  43. Simon Goodman, Group Leader, University of Leeds, UK
  44. Juan Herrero, Lecturer University of Saragossa, Spain
  45. Marco Heurich, Privat Dozent – Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Germany
  46. Susan Hitschfeld, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  47. Catherine Hobaiter, Lecturer, University of St Andrews, UK
  48. Maarten Hofman, Georg-August, University of Goettingen, Germany
  49. Luke Hunter, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  50. Ivan Ineich, Lecturer, Paris Natural History Museum, France
  51. Maria Isidora Avila, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  52. Jennifer Jackson, Senior Scientist, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  53. Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  54. Khalil Karimov, Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan
  55. Vassiliki Kati, University of Ioannina, Greece
  56. Petra Kazcensky, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Norway
  57. Munira Kharamkhudoeva, Pamir Biological Institute, Tajikistan 
  58. Gesa Kluth, LUPUS – German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research, Germany
  59. Macej Konopinski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  60. Stefan Kreft, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
  61. Miroslav Kutal, Mendel University Brno, Czech Republic
  62. Rahim Kulenbekov, Bishkek Humanities University, Kyrgyzstan
  63. Sergio Lambertucci, Researcher, Comahue National University, Argentina
  64. Pedro J. Leitão, Postdoctoral Researcher, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
  65. Ricardo Lopez Wilchis, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico
  66. Tanja Lumetsberger, Research Assistant, Danube University Krems, Austria
  67. Petros Lymberakis, Researcher, Natural History Museum of Crete, Greece
  68. María Cristina Mac Swiney González, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Mexico
  69. Anita Malhotra, Researcher, Bangor University, UK
  70. Rosaleen March, Postdoctoral Fellow, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  71. Silvio Marchini, Research Associate, University of Sao Paulo – Chester Zoo, Brazil – UK
  72. Gabriel M. Martin, Adjunct Researcher, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Argentina
  73. Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Researcher, National Museum of Natural History, Spain
  74. Dime Melovski, Macedonian Ecological Society, Macedonia
  75. Joerg Melzheimer, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  76. Marcos Moleón, University of Grenada, Spain
  77. Ronaldo Morato, Group Leader, Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, Brazil
  78. Kakoli Mukhopadhyay, Senior Scientist, Dhole’s Den Research Foundation, India
  79. Manuel Muñoz Rodríguez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  80. Javier Naves, Researcher, Doñana Biological Station, Spain
  81. Barthélemy Ngoubangoye, Head of Primate Center, Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville, Gabon
  82. Ana Nuno, Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK
  83. Esmar Ocelotlcuauhtli Guzmán Díaz, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Mexico
  84. Andres Ortiz Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  85. Nuzar Oshurmamadov, Pamir Biological Institute, Tajikistan
  86. Sandra Milena Ospina Garcés, Instituto de Ecologia AC, Mexico
  87. Theodore Papenfuss, Research Biologist, University of California, USA
  88. Francisca Parada Ramírez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  89. Lain Pardo, James Cook University, Australia
  90. Marta Pascual Berniola, Lecturer, University of Barcelona, Spain
  91. Chris Pavey, Senior Researcher, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
  92. Maria Petridou, University of Ioannina, Greece
  93. Freddy Pérez Garduza, Centro del Cambio Global y la Sustentabilidad, Mexico
  94. Luz Adriana Pérez Solano, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  95. Ruben Portas, Research Assistant, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  96. Marc Franch Quintana, Researcher, University of Girona, Spain
  97. Karina Ramos Rendón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  98. Hugo Rebelo, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  99. Ilka Reinhardt, LUPUS – German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research, Germany
  100. Julien Renoult, Researcher, Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology of Montpellier, France
  101. Rafael Reyna, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
  102. Carla Rivera, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  103. Ana S.L. Rodrigues, Senior Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  104. Benito Rosende, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  105. Niki Rust, Newcastle, University, UK
  106. Xavier Santos Santiró Researcher INS Les Corts Spain
  107. Laurent Schley, Secretary of the European Mammal Foundation, Luxembourg
  108. Natalie Schmitt, Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University, Canada
  109. Pedro Segurado, Auxiliary Researcher, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  110. Agniezska Sergiel, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  111. José Manuel Serrano, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  112. Takuya Shamida, Forestry & Forest Products Research Institute, Japan
  113. Neftali Sillero, Researcher, Research Centre on Geo-Spatial Science, Portugal
  114. Barbara Smetschka, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  115. Robert J. Smith, Reader – University of Kent, Director – Durrell Institute of Conservation and Eology, UK
  116. Etotépé A. Sogbohossou, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  117. Freya St John, Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  118. Florian Stein, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
  119. Matthew Struebig, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, UK
  120. Claudia Szentiks, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  121. Konstantin Tirronen, Group Leader Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  122. Ricardo Tomé, Scientific Director, STRIX, Portugal
  123. Igor Trbojević, Veterinary Pathologist, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  124. Francesco Ventura, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  125. Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  126. Freek Vonk, Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands
  127. Matthias Waltert, Privat Dozent, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany
  128. Andreas Wilting, Group Leader Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  129. Karina Yañez Aroche, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  130. Frank Zachos, Privat Dozent, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria
  131. Anamarija Zagar, Associate Researcher, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  132. Alexandra Zimmermann, University of Oxford, UK
  133. Mauro Giovanni Zucconi R, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  134. Marco Zuffi, Curator, Museum of Natural History, University of Pisa – IUCN/SSC Viper Specialist Group, Italy
  135. Damaris Zurell, Group Leader, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Conservation practitioners

  1. Jassim Al-Asadi, Nature Iraq, Iraq
  2. Marc Ancrenaz, Coordinator Borneo Futures Initiative, Malaysia
  3. Sow Andack Saad, Environmentalist, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mauritania
  4. Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust, India
  5. Ariadne Angulo, Co-Chair, IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, Canada
  6. Angelika Appel, Managing Director, Wild Cat Network, Germany
  7. Shivani Balla, Founder & Director Ewaso Lions, Kenya
  8. Oliver Barker, Conservationist, Canada
  9. Rui Bernardino, Veterinarian, Lisbon Zoo, Portugal
  10. Richard Bonham, Director of Operations, Big Life Foundation, Kenya
  11. Valeria Boron, Conservationist, WWF-UK, UK
  12. Gill Braulik, IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, UK
  13. Michael Brombacher, Head of Europe Department, Frankfurt Zoological Society,    Germany
  14. Chris Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Namibian Chamber of Environment, Namibia
  15. Stuart Butchart, Chief Scientist, BirdLife International, UK
  16. Elena Bykova, Conservationist, Saiga Conservation Alliance, Uzbekistan
  17. Shahriar Caesar Rahman, Regional Vice-Chair, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Bangladesh
  18. Armando Castellanos, President, Andean Bear Foundation, Ecuador
  19. Xim Cerda, Director, Doñana Biological Station, Spain
  20. Rok Černe, Project Manager, Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia
  21. Lara Ciarniello, Co-Chair Human-Bear Conflicts Expert Team, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Canada
  22. Nigel Collar, Research Fellow, Birdlife International, UK
  23. Koen Cuyten, Project Manager, Rewilding Foundation – Bears in Mind, The Netherlands
  24. Aparajita Datta, Senior Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation, India
  25. Jaidev Dhadhal, Conservationist, India
  26. Jose Dias Ferreira, Curator – EEP Coordinator for Persian Leopard Lisbon Zoo, Portugal
  27. Simon Dowell, Science Director Chester Zoo, UK
  28. Farwiza Farhan, Chairperson Yayasan HAkA, Indonesia
  29. Catarina Ferreira, Coordinator Global Species Program at IUCN, Belgium
  30. Martin Fisher, Fauna and Flora International, UK
  31. Gabriella Fredriksson, Founder, Pan Eco Foundation, Switzerland
  32. Cintia Garai, Co-Founder, Wildlife Messengers, Hungary
  33. Manoj Gautam, Jane Goodall Institute, Nepal
  34. George Giacomini, Caucasus Nature Fund, Georgia
  35. David Gill, Conservationist, UK
  36. Jose F. Gonzalez-Maya, Director, ProCAT Internacional, Colombia
  37. Rosemary Groom, Southern African Coordinator, Range Wide Conservation
    Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs, Tanzania
  38. Lise Hanssen, Project Coordinator, Kwando Carnivore Project, Namibia
  39. Caroline, Harcourt, Convenor, Conservation Working Party – Primate Society of Great Britain, UK
  40. Kate Harris, Conservationist, Canada
  41. Simon Hedges, Chief Executive Officer – Co-founder, Asian Arks, UK
  42. Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Director, WWF-Germany, Germany
  43. F. Javier Herrera Sanchez, Conservationist, Wildlife Study and Conservation Association Harmusch, Spain
  44. Mike Hoffmann, Head of Global Conservation Programmes Zoological Society of London, UK
  45. Trevor Jones Director, Southern Tanzania Elephant Program, Tanzania
  46. Sandesh Kadur, Conservationist, India
  47. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda
  48. Sebastian Kennerknecht, Conservationist, Germany
  49. Ambika Khatiwada, Conservationist, National Trust for Nature Conservation,  Nepal
  50. Monsoon Khatiwada, Conservationist, Nepal
  51. Rebecca Klein, Executive Director, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Botswana
  52. Lydia Kolter, Scientist, Curator & Population Manager, Cologne Zoo – IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Germany
  53. Piia Kortsalo, Conservationist, Canada
  54. Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Zoologist, Society for Conservation Biology-Europe, Hungary
  55. Zairbek Kubanychbekov, Director, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  56. Ajuth Kumar Course, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society-India, India
  57. Alice Laguardia, Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, Gabon
  58. Els van Lavieren, Director, Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation, Morocco
  59. Peep Männil, Conservationist, Estonian Environment Agency, Estonia
  60. Bronwyn Maree, FAO-South Africa, South Africa
  61. Rowan O. Martin, Director, World Parrot Trust Africa Conservation Programme, UK
  62. Ivan Mauricio Vela-Vargas, Research Associate, Pro-CAT Internacional, Colombia
  63. Patrick Meier, Conservationist, Switzerland
  64. Erik Meijaard, IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group, Indonesia
  65. Stefan Michel, IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group, Germany
  66. Charudutt Mishra, Science & Conservation Director, Snow Leopard Trust, India
  67. Nick Mitchell, Eastern African Coordinator, Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs, Tanzania
  68. Mike Moser, International Adviser to conservation projects in Iran (1999-2018),  UK
  69. Harriet Mostert-Davies, Head of Conservation, Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa
  70. Shirin Mukhametkadyr Kyzy, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  71. Shomita Mukherjee, Principal Scientist, Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History, India
  72. Hemmo Muntingh, Co-Founder, Foundation Future for Nature – Honorary member of European Parliament, The Netherlands
  73. John Newby, Chief Executive Officer, Sahara Conservation Fund, Switzerland
  74. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Marine Conservation Ecologist, Italy
  75. Carlos Olavarria, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas, Chile
  76. Anna Oposa, Save Philippine Seas, The Philippines
  77. Jean-Marie Pericard, DVM, VETO FAUNE, France
  78. Mikhail Paltsyn, Conservation Biologist, International Consultant for UNDP,  Russia
  79. Danni Parks, Director, Whitley Fund for Nature, UK
  80. Rinzin Phunjok Lama, Conservation Biologist, Global Primate Network, Nepal
  81. Malini Pittet, Conservationist, Switzerland
  82. Andrew J. Plumptre, Head, BirdLife International Key Biodiversity Area Secretariat, UK
  83. Annatjie du Preez, Project Coordinator, NACSO – Natural Resource Working Group, Namibia
  84. Michael Proctor, Deputy Chair, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Canada
  85. Chris Ransom, Head of Africa Programmes, Zoological Society of London, UK
  86. Hana Raza, Project Manager, Nature Iraq, Iraq
  87. Randall Reeves, Chair – Professor, IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, Canada
  88. Alfredo Romero-Muñoz, Co-Founder, Fundacion Cohabitar, Bolivia
  89. Tatjana Rosen, Conservationist, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  90. Christof Schenck, Executive Director, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Germany
  91. Jan Schipper, Field Conservation Research Director, Phoenix Zoo, USA
  92. Christoph Schwitzer, Chief Zoological Officer, Bristol Zoological Society, UK
  93. Jonathan Scott, Author & Wildlife Photographer, UK – Kenya
  94. Angela Scott, Author & Wildlife Photographer, UK – Kenya
  95. Justine Shanti Alexander, Snow Leopard Trust, Mongolia
  96. Rohit Singh, President, Rangers Federation Asia, India
  97. Alex Sliwa, Curator – EAZA Felid TAG Chair, Cologne Zoo, Germany
  98. Alaaedin Soultan, Wildlife Conservationist, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egypt 
  99. Rob Steinmetz, Ecologist, WWF-Thailand, Thailand
  100. Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Country Director – Snow Leopard Trust, Scientist – Nature Conservation Foundation, India
  101. Thomas Tennhardt, Vice President, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU),  Germany
  102. Jean Thomas, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, Papua New Guinea
  103. Jim Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, Papua New Guinea
  104. Olaf Tschimpke, President, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), Germany
  105. Martin Tyson, Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society-Asia, Malaysia
  106. Lucero Vaca, Wildlife Conservation Network scholar, Mexico
  107. Jonathan Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Malawi
  108. Pedro Vaz Pinto, Managing Director, Kissama Foundation, Angola
  109. Wouter Veening, Chairman – President, Institute for Environmental Security, The Netherlands
  110. Xime Velez Liendo, Conservationist, Museo Historia Natural Alcides D’Orbygni, Bolivia
  111. Gabriela Vigo Trauco, Coordinator, Tambopata Macaw Project, Peru
  112. Jed Weingarten, Conservationist, China
  113. Wietse van der Werf, Executive Director, Sea Ranger Service, The Netherlands
  114. Sue Wilson, Tara Seal Research, UK
  115. Pavel Weinberg, Leading Researcher, North Ossetian State Nature Reserve, Russia
  116. Diego Zarrate, Charry Researcher Pro-CAT Internacional, Colombia