We are sad to report that John Thorbjarnarson passed away yesterday morning. John was a Conservation Officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in Gainesville, Florida. He was a PhD student of Wayne King and then spent the next nineteen years leading in situ conservation efforts of reptiles for WCS. He was a noted expert on the conservation biology of crocodiles worldwide --- having led efforts in the recovery of both Orinoco crocodiles in Venezuela and Chinese alligators in Anhui, China. He is also well know for his long term efforts focused on capacity building and conservation of crocodiles in Cuba and Black caiman in Brazil. John was in India to give a course at the Wildlife Institute when he succumbed to a severe case of falciparum malaria. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends who will always remember his dedication to learning more about crocs and other herps and doing everything he could to protect them.
The photo came from this website, which has a nice interview with John about his work.
You may also see John in action in the Amazon in this National Geographic clip.
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