Dr. Gary M. Tabor is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana. In 2007, Gary founded the Center for Large Landscape Conservation to help people and institutions make better conservation decisions at the scale nature functions.
Gary has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation internationally for over 35 years with 12 years combined experience in Africa, South America and Australia and 12 years as a leader within the U.S. philanthropic community beginning with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and finally the Yellowstone to Yukon Program Director for the Wilburforce Foundation. Gary is a co-conspirator in the founding of the Australia Environmental Grantmakers Network.
Gary’s conservation achievements include the establishment of Kibale National Park in Uganda; establishment of the World Bank’s Mugahinga/Bwindi/Impenetrable Forest Mountain Gorilla Conservation Trust; co-founding the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative; pioneering the field of Conservation Medicine; co-founding Patagonia Company’s Freedom to Roam wildlife corridor campaign; co-founding the Network for Landscape Conservation and the Roundtable of the Crown of the Continent – three-time winner of the climate adaptation award by the US National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. Gary served eight years on the inaugural US Board of Australia Wildlife Conservancy and helped secure the resources to purchase Marion Downes next to Mornington Reserve in the Kimberley. Currently, Gary is interim chair of the US Board for Australia Bush Heritage. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. Gary is a recipient of the Australian American Fulbright Scholar award in Climate Change and is also the winner of the Henry Luce Scholar Award. Gary serves as Chair of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.
He is married to Australian Raina Plowright and his children Sam and Hannah benefit as dual citizens.