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Munn, Charles A.

BIOGRAPHY

Charles A. Munn
Chairman of the Board 
Tropical Nature

From 1984 through 2000, Charles A. Munn (B.A. summa cum laude Princeton 1977, M.Sc.Oxford 1979, Ph.D. Princeton 1984) worked as a conservation zoologist for WCS, researching macaws, Giant Otters, and other wildlife in the Amazon of Peru and Bolivia. Simultaneously, he led teams that created 12 million acres (five million hectares, or a Costa Rica’s worth) of protected areas in Manu, Tambopata, and Vilcabamba in Peru and Madidi in Bolivia. In 2000, Munn founded and is now chairman of the board of Tropical Nature, a U.S.-based nonprofit that conserves tropical rain forest through the planning and implementation of model ecotourism projects. Currently Tropical Nature works in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Gabon. During 26 years of field work in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil, Munn earned recognition as the world's leading authority on wild macaws. Discovery Channel, PBS, TBS, BBC, NPR, TIME, Newsweek, GEO, the New York Times, and scores of other magazines have featured Munn's work. Two cover stories in National Geographic (January 1994 and March 2000) reported on his research on macaws in Manu, Tambopata, and Madidi. The December 2002 Conde Nast Traveler chose Manu Wildlife Center, which was sited and designed by Munn, as the number one wildlife lodge in the entire Amazon basin. The Center is now part of the Tropical Nature conservation system. In 1994, TIME chose Munn as one of 100 young leaders for the planet, one of only three environmentalists.


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