con·​ser·​va·​tion·​ist | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce conservationist (audio) \

Definition of conservationist

: a person who advocates conservation especially of natural resources

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As Douglas Quenqua of the New York Times reports, a new study published in Current Biology suggests that tracking these seismic vibrations can also help alert conservationists when danger is afoot. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Earthquake-Monitoring Technology May Help Protect Elephants from Poachers," 9 May 2018 Among the dead was Wasser’s friend and fellow conservationist Wayne Lotter, founder of the PAMS Foundation, which works with local communities to fight poaching. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser might be the ‘guru of doo-doo,’ but his research ignites serious passions," 19 May 2019 Her research has been employed by conservationists as well as cosmetics companies, most recently Herbal Essences, which partnered with Kew to verify the ingredients in its Bio:Renew line — ingredients like the hair-smoothing antioxidant histidine. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "7 Influential People on Environmental Advocacy in the Beauty Industry," 22 Apr. 2019 The move was criticized by conservationists who warned that this will only encourage poachers. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Nearly 90 elephants slain in Botswana amid anti-poaching unit disarmament," 18 Sep. 2018 Photo: Colgate Water conservationists are skeptical. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Brushing Teeth in the Shower—Just Fine or Totally Gross?," 25 July 2018 China, the world’s largest ivory consumer, banned its domestic trade starting this year in what conservationists hope will relieve pressure on Africa’s besieged elephant populations. Washington Post, "Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries," 20 June 2018 Closing the market in Hong Kong may depress prices even more, which conservationists hope will help reduce poaching in Africa. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hong Kong Will Phase Out Ivory Trade by 2021," 2 Feb. 2018 The snapshot shows the couple putting a tracking collar on an elephant to help conservationists follow its migratory patterns to keep it safe from poaching. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conservationist

: someone who works to protect animals, plants, and natural resources or to prevent the loss or waste of natural resources : a person who is involved in conservation

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