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2012’s Most Active Celebrity Animal Advocates & Activists

Congratulations to the Barbi Twins for making the international media’s top 10 list of “most interesting people.”  For 2012 they ranked number 5 for helping to find the kitten killer-turned cannibal killer Luka Magnotta. Here is the list.

Here is the 2012 list of celebrities most active in animal activism and advocacy:

The Barbi Twins

1) Barbi Twins
2) Russel Simmons

3) Willie Nelson & Family

4) Joanna Krupa

5) Eric Roberts

7) Susan Olsen

8) Elayne Boosler

9) Allison Eastwood

10) Ken Wahl

With training in wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and comparative psychology, Dr. Schaul's contributions to Nat Geo Voices have covered a range of environmental and social topics. He draws particular attention to the plight of imperiled species highlighting issues at the juncture or nexus of sorta situ wildlife conservation and applied animal welfare. Sorta situ conservation practices are comprised of scientific management and stewardship of animal populations ex situ (in captivity / 'in human care') and in situ (free-ranging / 'in nature'). He also has a background in behavior management and training of companion animals and captive wildlife, as well as conservation marketing and digital publicity. Jordan has shared interviews with colleagues and public figures, as well as editorial news content. In addition, he has posted narratives describing his own work, which include the following examples: • Restoration of wood bison to the Interior of Alaska while (While Animal Curator at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and courtesy professor at the University of Alaska) • Rehabilitation of orphaned sloth bears exploited for tourists in South Asia (While executive consultant 'in-residence' at the Agra Bear Rescue Center managed by Wildlife SOS) • Censusing small wild cat (e.g. ocelot and margay) populations in the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica for popular publications with 'The Cat Whisperer' Mieshelle Nagelschneider • Evaluating the impact of ecotourism on marine mammal population stability and welfare off the coast of Mexico's Sea of Cortez (With Boston University's marine science program) Jordan was a director on boards of non-profit wildlife conservation organizations serving nations in Africa, North and South America and Southeast Asia. He is also a consultant to a human-wildlife conflict mitigation organization in the Pacific Northwest. Following animal curatorships in Alaska and California, he served as a charter board member of a zoo advocacy and outreach organization and later as its executive director. Jordan was a member of the Communication and Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CEC-IUCN) and the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (BSG-SSC-IUCN). He has served on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society and in service to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA Bear TAG). In addition he was an ex officio member of council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. Contact Email:
  • Sally Kocyla

    Congratulations to the Barbi Twins. I thank you and the other celebrities who are most active in animal activism and advocacy. I have loved and tried to help animals all my life. I am not a celebrity but am an animal activist and advocate. I fight for every animal cause.

  • Richie Schwartz

    Congratulations and thanks to all the celebrities and non celebrities who speak for those that cannot speak for themselves! Props to Elayne Boosler and her Tails of Joy non profit for helping animals and their people.

  • MaryAlice Pollard (@CornwallsVoice)

    Big hearts, with powerful voices, with messages and life examples that inspire others ! Thank goodness for each and every one listed here, and the many others who are not, because the list is very long !

  • Cookie Copeland

    What I like about the list is they mixed non celebrities in with the celebrities. I was happy to see celebrity Pet Photographer Richie Schwartz included because he has photographed my rescued dogs several times over the years, and always gave me something free just because I had rescued dogs. I admire people who do that just to encourage others to help the animals.

  • MAWP MyAngelWithPaw
    That is are facebook. We are Service Dogs. All Volunteer and none profit we need lots of help with everything donations of all kinds volunteers to help with the dogs. We have Graduation on the 25 of this month and the deltona Library 1 to 4 pm where were handing over some dogs to the new owner come see meet us hang out get to know about us.We also have a news letter. If you would like to be on it and see what is going on email me and I will add you to it. Thanks a Bunch and I hope to hear from you.


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