BBC Wildlife Magazine has released its list of 50 conservationists, natural world experts, scientists, artists and writers who have the potential to change the fortunes of wildlife across the globe.
Documentary maker Jane Goodall, known for her work with chimpanzees, BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham, heralded for his study of birds, and world famous broadcaster David Attenborough have all made the top five in the very first Wildlife Power List 2015.
Prince William also features on the rundown for his work with charity United for Wildlife – campaigning against the illegal wildlife trade with help from celebrities David Beckham and basketball player Yao Ming.
BBC Wildlife Magazine asked hundreds of wildlife experts for their nominations of individuals who have the potential to make a difference in the coming years, both in terms of practical conservation and the way we see the natural world. The full list also includes unheralded names in conservation, from a street artist who paints endangered species on urban walls to scientists and conservationists working to save Sumatran orangutans or campaigning for the reintroduction of lynx in the UK.
BBC Wildlife Magazine editor, Matt Swaine, explained: “These are the people who we believe will shape the way we see the natural world in the coming years and who have the greatest potential to deliver a positive outcome for wildlife both in the UK and abroad.”
Deadly Pole to Pole adventurer Steve Backshall and CBeebies presenter Jess French also feature on the list.
See below for the top 15 in The Wildlife Power List and read BBC Wildlife Magazine’s May issue for the full list of 50 people changing the natural world.
1. JANE GOODALL (Conservationist and documentary filmmaker)
2. CHRIS PACKHAM (BBC presenter)
3. DAVID MACDONALD (Director, WildCRU, Oxford University)
4. DAVID ATTENBOROUGH (Broadcaster)
5. PRINCE WILLIAM (Global ambassador, United for Wildlife)
6. GEORGE MONBIOT (Environmental commentator and author)
7. DAVID LINDO (Broadcaster)
8. ROSIE WOODROFFE (Senior research fellow, ZSL)
9. DAVE GOULSON (Professor of biological sciences, University of Sussex)
10. MARTIN HARPER (Conservation director, RSPB)
11. STEVE BACKSHALL (Broadcaster)
12. HELEN MACDONALD (Writer)
13. MATT SHARDLOW (Chief executive, Buglife)
14. MARK AVERY (Bogger and activist)
15. MARTIN WARREN (Chief executive, Butterfly Conservation)