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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Stejskal is part of the international team of scientists and conservationists trying to keep the rhinos from slipping into extinction. Deborah Netburn,, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 In 2013, 26-year-old conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered while trying to protect leatherback sea turtle nests on Costa Rica’s east coast from egg poachers. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Stories We've Ever Told," 25 May 2018 The museum’s first show, 1971’s Adrian Retrospective, actually was a show—a one-time runway presentation on moving, breathing bodies (today’s conservationists would faint dead at the thought). Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT’ Review: Fashion History Hits the Runway," 12 Feb. 2019 Some conservationists believe that because ecological problems are structural, there is no point in growing and cooking your own food, in setting down roots in a community, in being kind to your neighbors. Colette Shade, The New Republic, "What Wendell Berry Wants," 26 Apr. 2018 Their Appalachian hideaway becomes a stash house for a drug and prostitution ring and a place of interest to both the fracking companies that have set up shop in the region and the conservationists trying to stop them. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Intimate Horrors of Human Nature," 3 Jan. 2019 The carcasses of 87 elephants with their tusks removed from their skulls have been discovered near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary, making it what some conservationists are calling elephant poaching on the largest scale ever seen in Africa. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dozens of Killed Elephants Found Near Botswana's Okavango Delta," 4 Sep. 2018 The first wave of American conservationists didn’t watch helplessly as the cycle of catastrophic overpopulation followed by catastrophic wildfire wiped out entire forests. Tom Mcclintock, WSJ, "Only Good Management Can Prevent Forest Fires," 17 Dec. 2018 Members of a group of wildlife conservationists in Jackson, Wyo. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Nature photographer gets license for Wyoming's grizzly bear hunt, says he won’t: ‘Hunters do not have the right’," 30 July 2018

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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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