NWHS WILDLIFE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Dr Clay Wilson (RIP) - International Wildlife Rescue
Dr. Clay Wilson was the Founder/Director of International Wildlife Rescue based out of Naples, Florida. Clay graduated from University of Florida, with a BSC in Zoology, in 1979. After a year break, working as a game warden In Sabi Sabi, Clay then attended veterinary school at Onderstepoort Pretoria, graduating in 1987. Dr. Wilson spent over five years working in Botswana Africa as a wildlife veterinarian and directed a non-profit wildlife conservation organization there.
Along with running International Wildlife Rescue, Clay also worked with and advised other wildlife conservation organizations in matters of wildlife health and veterinary medicine. Sadly, Dr. Wilson passed away on December 20, 2013. He is missed by many humans and wild animals.
View International Wildlife Rescue Memorial Website
Claire Coulson - CERCOPAN
Claire Coulson is the Director of CERCOPAN, a non-profit conservation organization in Nigeria, Africa. Prior to joining CERCOPAN in January 2007 she was the Wildlife Coordinator for the World Society for the Protection Of Animals managing conservation and animal welfare projects in Africa, Asia and South America. Claire has also worked with wild primates in the Amazon and Madagascan rainforests, and with captive primates in the Banham and San Diego Zoos.
Claire holds a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. She sits on a number of biodiversity related technical working groups and committees in Nigeria, and is a trustee for a Nigerian NGO, The Association of Wood Producers, which seeks to add value to wood products in Cross River State to reduce deforestation and encourage sustainable livelihoods.
View the NWHS Page for CERCOPAN
Paul Thomson - Ewaso Lions
Paul Thomson is the Director of Operations of the Ewaso Lions conservation team in Kenya Africa. Paul has over five years professional experience in African wildlife conservation and communications in social media. His interest lies in large carnivores and minimizing human-wildlife conflict. Before joining Ewaso Lions, Paul worked with the African Wildlife Foundation in Washington, DC and Kenya. Born in New Zealand and raised in the USA, Paul holds a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
In 2007 Paul was selected for the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Defenders of Wildlife. He also co-founded the Pangolin Conservation Support Initiative, and remains active raising awareness about the illegal trade in this endangered Asian mammal.
View the NWHS Page for Ewaso Lions
Dr. Jordan Schaul
Dr. Jordan Schaul has a PhD in Veterinary Science and a Master's degree in Zoology. His interests are in carnivore conservation medicine and conservation education. Jordan completed part of a doctorate in herpetile physiological ecology and attended veterinary school before taking time off to pursue work with international conservation organizations. He has worked with living collections in zoos, aquariums, marine parks, sanctuaries, and rehabilitation facilities in research, training, and husbandry capacities. He is an ex-officio council member for the International Association for Bear Research and Management and an advisor to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Bear Taxon Advisory Group.
Jordan has long been passionate about bears and their conservation, but has studied and published work on other captive and free-ranging mammal species, as well as birds, herpetiles, and fish. He recently developed an on-line zoo biology and conservation research news resource, Zoo Peeps.
Tracy Wilson - Project Director: Touch The Jungle
Tracy Wilson is the Project Director for Playa de Oro Reserva de Tigrillos, a nonprofit rainforest and wildlife conservation project in Ecuador, South America. The project works with local rainforest communities to preserve their forest allotments (appx. 25,000 acres per community) and protect the wildlife and environment there.
Tracy is also a licensed wildlife rehabber and operates a federally licensed private refuge for small species of wild felines such as servals, bobcats, and more.
View the NWHS Page for Touch The Jungle Rainforest Program
Jodi L. Massie - Herpetologist
Jodi Massie has been a contract researcher through Black Hills State University since 2000. Jodi has worked on various herpetological research projects around the Black Hills and South Dakota. Jodi has also worked in North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona and the Caribbean nation of Antigua.
Jodi is currently directing a herp inventory and habitat assessment for Devils Tower National Monument. Jodi is working in the Integrative Genomics MS program at BHSU, where her research is focused on garter snakes.
Sara Comstock - The Serval Conservation Organization
Sara Comstock is the president of The Serval Conservation Organization. TSCO endeavors to bring attention to the plight of the lesser-felids around the world, with a focus on servals. Sara has extensive knowledge of lesser-felids, specializing in (but not limited to) African Servals.
Sara is an animal welfarist, licensed by the PA Game Commission and associated with USDA. A member of the Zoological Association of America, Sara has volunteered at the Philadelphia Zoo, been employed at Norristown Elmwood Park Zoo, and volunteers for the Bucks County Zoo. She is an active rescuer of wildlife and educator for animal welfare active with several rescue organizations and conservation groups. In addition to serving on the Wildlife Advisory Council for National Wildlife Humane Society, Sara also serves on the Advisory Council for The Crossing Animal Sanctuary.
Sara served as the Regional Legislative Director for the Feline Conservation Federation covering 13 states. She is at present working with Pennsylvania State Legislators to help improve animal welfare through education and awareness.