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John Seidensticker, PhD

Dr. John Seidensticker is Emeritus Scientist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  He worked to study and conserve wild tigers, leopards, giant pandas, sloth bears, and other carnivores since the 1960s. Seidensticker helped pioneer the use of radio telemetry to study large, wide-ranging species and was to first to use it to study wild tigers and leopards in Asia.  He began the first modern tiger study with Kirti Man Tamang in Nepal in the early 1970’s. He has served as the Senior Independent Advisor to the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) and a member of the GTI core team, guiding the strategy to double the number of wild tigers. Earlier he served as Chairman of the Save the Tiger Fund Council. He is considered one of the world’s most prominent tiger conservationists. Seidensticker was born in Whitehall, Montana, and studied at the University of Montana and received his PhD at the University of Idaho in Wildlife Science in 1973.