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Our Vision

A world where people and nature are connected, thriving and in balance

Our Mission

We protect and restore biodiverse landscapes by creating economic incentives for people to invest in nature

Our Story

Established in 2020 by a group of internationally recognised conservation scientists who want to champion nature-based solutions that are currently undervalued by traditional conservation organisations. 


Our scientists include high-ranking individuals within the International Union For the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Oxford University, and Macquarie University.  


Our scientists also advise CITES and the luxury sector on the sustainable sourcing of natural raw materials.  


We currently manage conservation reserves in Australia, Mexico, the United States, and Zimbabwe.  


People For Wildlife is a public charity (not for profit) registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). 

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People for Wildlife founder Dr Daniel Natusch is a leading conservation expert and reptile biologist. He has worked in conservation research, policy, and development, and currently chairs the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Snake Specialist Group.  


Daniel is also a member of the IUCN’s Crocodile Specialist Group, and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. He is a director of EPIC Biodiversity, a global consulting company specializing in cross-sector collaboration for species conservation. 

Executive Director

Dr Patrick Aust specialises in integrating conservation biology with agriculture and sustainable development. He consults for organisations including CITES, IUCN, Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA), as well as for the commercial sector to help advance more sustainable reptile product supply chains.  

Patrick is driven to find practical approaches to prevent species loss, and much of his work has focused on developing new food production systems that enhance food security, reduce poverty, foster livelihood diversification and raise the standard of living for vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia. 

Conservation Scientist

Communications Manager

Aaron Smith MA Bsc is a communications specialist, with experience as an advisor, journalist, editor, photographer, videographer and content creator for various media outlets, private and public organisations, universities, and various local, state and commonwealth government agencies. 


His award-winning journalism appears on print, digital and broadcast platforms for various international, national and regional media outlets, including the Guardian, CNN, SBS and Australian Geographic.

Operations Manager

Sophie Buckman has a diverse management background with working experience in logistics, event management, creative design, and administration.  She has worked for multiple organisations including NGOs, charities, film production companies, community groups, and emergency response services.  

She has just relocated to Australia from Tanzania where she was living and working throughout East Africa for 20 years.  

Our Partners

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