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Dr. William Karesh
About Dr. William Karesh
William B. Karesh, DVM
Director & Field Veterinarian
Department of Field Veterinary Programs
Wildlife Conservation Society
Dr. William B. Karesh is an internationally recognized expert on
wildlife and conservation. Even in the war-torn Congo, when questions
recently arose regarding human threats to the well being of gorillas,
officials called Dr. Karesh for help. For his day job, he directs
the International Field Veterinary Program for the Wildlife Conservation
Society. This extraordinary program developed by Dr. Karesh, provides
veterinary services all over the world for wildlife conservation
projects. Tagging elephants in Cameroon is a normal business trip.
Focused on helping people and animals in developing countries, Dr.
Karesh has worked with thousands of animals in dozens of the most
remote places on earth. He has darted rhinos and elephants in Africa,
lassoed crocodiles in the Amazon, and cared for orangutans in Borneo.
Having grown up in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Karesh began
caring for orphan wild animals at the age of seven. Following university
training in behavioral ecology and veterinary medicine, he went
on to gain more experience with exotic animals by working at the
National Zoo, the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, the Seattle
Zoo, and, most recently, the Bronx Zoo and Wildlife Conservation
Society. During this time he has published over one hundred scientific
articles on wildlife health and conservation issues.
Due to his distinguished standing in the international conservation
arena, Dr. Karesh was recently appointed as the chairman of the
Veterinary Specialist Group for the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature. This multi-government organization provides
advice and guidance on wildlife issues to governments and private
organizations around the world, a kind of U.N. for the natural world.
Warner Books published Dr. Karesh’s first book for a general
audience, Appointment at the Ends of the World, in 1999.
Public interest is still high, fan mail continues to arrive daily
in Dr. Karesh’s office and National Public Radio repeatedly
airs five Pulse of the Planet interview segments with Dr.
Karesh. Appointment at the Ends of the World received excellent
reviews in dozens of publications, including the New York Times,
the Toronto Sun, Time, Outdoor, and Natural
History. Enthusiastic media response lead to Dr. Karesh being
featured on television and radio shows such as CBS Sunday Morning
with Charles Osgood and National Public Radio’s Fresh
Air with Terry Gross.