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Bill worked for many years at the San Diego Zoo as Curator of Birds. Starting in the early phases of the California condor recovery program, he played a key role in the development of recovery strategies for what was then North America’s most endangered bird. Later, as Director of Applied Conservation Programs for the Zoological Society of San Diego, his work expanded to include a variety of conservation projects throughout the world.
Recognizing that there is often conflict between efforts to foster conservation of certain animal species and the needs of the local human community, in 2003 Bill founded the ECOLIFE Foundation to provide a new look at how conservation projects are implemented. This organization has made significant progress in establishing a sustainable balance between people and wildlife habitat in Mexico by introducing fuel-efficient cook stoves to local villagers and thereby conserving trees in the nearby forest where endangered monarch butterflies spend the winter.
William D. Toone, M.S.
Special Advisor to the Board
William Toone is a conservation biologist, a widely-recognized spokesperson for conservation, and the Director of the ECOLIFE Foundation (www.ecolifefoundation.org).