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This profile was last updated on 7/16/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Executive Director

Local Address:  Nepal
The International Wildlife Conservation Society Inc
P.O. Box 34
Pacific Palisades , California 90272
United States

Company Description: The International Wildlife Conservation Society Inc. was founded in Washington DC in 1968 and is a not-for-profit organization with (501) (c) 3 tax status. The...   more
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International Wildlife Conservation Society: Founder, 16 July 2015 [cached]
Peter Byrne is a naturalized American citizen whose great interest in wildlife began in the countryside of Ireland, where he was born and grew up. When he was eighteen he joined the British Air Force and served for four years in combat service in World War II. When the war ended, he joined a British tea company in north Bengal and spent five years living and working in the great forests of north India, terrain that teemed with wildlife in those years.
In 1953 he left his tea industry work and walked from Darjeeling to Katmandu, 350 miles, to start a safari company. He ran this as a professional hunter in south west Nepal for eighteen years, before returning his hunting concession back to the Nepalese government and offering to turn it into protected area. To this end, in 1968, and to generate funding to create the new reserve, he founded, with four others-two doctors and two attorneys - the International Wildlife Conservation Society Inc., and had it registered in Washington D.C. as a not-for-profit foundation with 501 © 3 tax status.
Returning to Nepal he spent a year encamped in the area that is today the Sukila Phanta (The White Grass Plains, or WGP) Wildlife Reserve and, working with local labor, demarcated and mapped the whole area, built roads and bridges, trained guards in wildlife protection work and provided equipment. Since that time he has spent part of every winter in the reserve, either working on conservation projects or running eco tours with clients as a means of raising money for these projects.
Peter is the author of seven books; three of them-TULA HATTI, THE LAST GREAT ELEPHANT (Faber & Faber, NH), GENTLEMAN HUNTER and GONE ARE THE DAYS (Safari Press, California), being centered on wildlife in the Indo-Nepal region. His eighth book, due for release in 2007, will be a field guide to the WGP. He is a Member of the Academy of Applied Science of Boston, MA, a Member Emeritus of the Explorers Club of New York and, since 1968, Executive Director of the International Wildlife Conservation Society. For more information on his work with IWCS in Nepal, see the website's NEWSLETTER for 2007. For more information on Peter Byrne, please visit his website at:
International Wildlife Conservation Society: Leadership Team, 20 Sept 2014 [cached]
Peter Byrne founded International Wildlife Conservation Society in 1968 after turning his hunting concession into a protected wildlife reserve. He serves as the volunteer Executive Director and has dedicated his life to supporting the reserve and the villagers in the surrounding community. Peter's bio is the length of California so we'll dedicate more space for your viewing pleasure on our Founder page, or please visit his website at:
Rick has been part of a discovery field trip and camped in the WGP with Peter Byrne.
Nancy, well networked in the media field is the eyes and ears for articles on our conservation efforts and for our Executive Director, Peter Byrne, to tell the world about our cause!
The Rudnicks met Cathy Griffin and Peter Byrne as neighbors in Mandeville Canyon where they reside.
International Wildlife Conservation Society, 20 Sept 2014 [cached]
Reader's Digest has published an article on Peter Byrne - IWCS's founder. Read the online version of the article by clicking here. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
The International Wildlife Conservation Society Inc. was founded in Washington DC in 1968 and is a not-for-profit organization with (501) (c) 3 tax status. The society was originally created for the purpose of creating a protected park out of part of a big game hunting concession operated by Peter Byrne from 1953 to 1968.
All field work is supervised by a member of the society, usually Peter Byrne.
In the world of cryptozoology, Peter ..., 4 Aug 2013 [cached]
In the world of cryptozoology, Peter Byrne needs no introduction. He has been committed to the search for unrecognized creatures for over 50 years. In his early life, he was a big-game hunting guide in Nepal, a profession that instilled in him a unique knowledge of the ways of wild animals.
In the late 1960s he put his professional hunting career behind him and, wanting to give something back, formed The International Wildlife Conservation Society, Inc. in Washington, DC. Working with this organization, he designed and carried out a twenty-year series of wildlife preservation programs in the area of his former hunting concession in Nepal. This work continues to the present day.
During this time and later, Peter led expeditions in the Himalayas to search for the yeti, and then pioneered sasquatch research in North America.
International Wildlife Conservation Society: Newsletter, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Funding for this winter's projects is being generously provided by the American Himalayan Foundation of San Francisco, California, and IWCS Executive Director Peter Byrne will personally supervise all of the projects, in the field.
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