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Who We Are

The Felidae organization is a resourceful, passionate and dedicated team of conservationists who are working to safeguard global ecosystems, with felid species as natural world guardians.

Our staff and excellent group of volunteers bring varying skill sets and creativities to our efforts, and we get a lot done on very low overhead. We are always looking for new ways to leverage our complementary skill sets.

We have a growing number of projects that volunteers participate in, expanding our reach and helping us introduce the concept of a balanced natural world into every living room, computer screen and smart phone; making our ecosystems a priority to all.

Staff & Interns

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Zara McDonald, MS MBA

President & Researcher, Director

Meet Zara

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Alys Granados, PhD

Lead Wildlife Ecologist

Meet Alys

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Katie McPherson

Wildlife Biologist

Meet Katie

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Cailan Ackerman

Wildlife Biologist Technician

Meet Cailan

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Joanne Rikli

Community Program Coordinator

Meet Joanne

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David Stoner, PhD


Meet David

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Anower Hossain


Meet Anower

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Kyle Shaney


Board of Directors

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Michael Land


Meet Michael

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Michelle Friend


Meet Michelle

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Sharon Osberg


Meet Sharon

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Conor McGrath


Meet Conor

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Jay Ruffin


Meet Jay

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Tom Tompkins


Meet Tom

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Jahan Alamzad


Meet Jahan

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Kevin Clark, PhD


Meet Kevin

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Imran Khan


Meet Imran

Catherine Principe


Emeritus Directors

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Susan Pritzker


Meet Susan

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Tom McMurray, PhD

Chairman & Director

Carl Goldfischer, MD

Chairman & Director

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Roger Merrill


Meet Roger

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Kia Walker


Meet Kia

Tim Tosta


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Shelley Alger


Meet Shelley

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Suzanne Harle


George Brewster


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Michael Velzo


Meet Michael

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Lisa Setterfield


Mario Klip


Tim Noel


Former Staff

Courtney Coon, PhD

Wildlife Biologist

Ginger Thomson

Community and Development

Catherine Gallo

Volunteer Manager and Office Manager

Brad Nichols

Wildlife Biologist


Thank you to the 500+ volunteers who have given us the generous gift of their time and expertise over the years!

Featured Volunteers

Meet our new intern-Martin!

Hello! My name is Martin Jacquet. I am working on my master’s in BIology in Belgium and am very excited to have recently joined Felidae as an...

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Spotlight on Sarah Czarnecki

This week we are featuring Sarah Czarnecki, who has been a great help writing articles for us.

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Spotlight on Sarah Thuman

This week we are featuring Sarah Thuman, an ArcGIS Volunteer! Sarah provides maps for our research and community programs using ArcGIS.

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Do You Have 2-4 Hours A Month To Preserve Your Local Ecosystem?

Our volunteers are the driving force behind making true change in ecosystem health and wild cat conservation. Some like to volunteer in the field, others help us maintain our online presence, and some work with events. With just a few hours a month, you can make a difference, too.

See Volunteer Opportunities

Make A Difference Right Now

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our work is only possible because of generous donors like you.

More than 90% of your donation will go directly to our groundbreaking research, outreach, and education programs.

This is where true change starts. If you’d like to be a part of it, make a donation to Felidae Conservation Fund today: