In her speeches, Dr. Vedder addresses the importance of conservation, and emphasizes the need for good science, clear strategies, and multi-party coordination.
For nearly 25 years, Dr. Vedder has established and managed conservation programs across Africa and the world, seeking to link the value of wildlife conservation to values recognized by people. Her ground-breaking work on the ecology of gorillas and the creation of the Mountain Gorilla Project is the basis of her newly released book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land, which she co-authored with her husband Bill Weber. This work set the stage for her career which has spanned 25 nations on three continents.
In addition to her in-depth work with mountain gorillas, Amy Vedder has managed wildlife conservation programs in over 100 projects on four continents while serving as Director and Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has recently initiated a new program entitled “Living Landscapes”, in which large scale conservation efforts are extended beyond the borders of parks and reserves to meet the needs of wildlife species in contexts of complex social, economic, and political interests. Taking her from Congo to Bolivia to Yellowstone, Dr. Vedder’s work emphasizes the importance of good science, clear strategies, and multi-party coordination.