Dr. Lance Woolaver
Lance was Wildlife Preservation Canada’s eighth Canada’s New Noah in 1997, and he then stayed in Mauritius to manage species recovery projects for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. That experience helped him carry out the first releases of eastern loggerhead shrikes in Ontario upon returning to Canada in 2001. Lance has recently returned from overseeing conservation projects for a range of highly endangered species in Madagascar – such as ploughshare tortoise, Madagascar pochard, and Alaotra gentle lemur- for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, integrating captive-breeding and reintroductions with protected area management and community-based conservation.
Lance has a PhD from York University and an MSc from Acadia University, He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Rina, two boys Jeremy and Glen, and their Malagasy/Newfoundland dog Malala. Lance is immensely grateful to be part of Gerald Durrell’s legacy and to have the opportunity to work with inspiring people and amazing creatures.
Conservation Programs Director
Jessica joined Wildlife Preservation Canada in 2006 as our shrike field biologist in Carden. The following year she began managing all aspects of our Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program in Ontario as our Species Recovery Biologist. In 2014, she became our Conservation Programs Director, and oversees all of our species recovery projects working closely with our Lead Biologists. Jessica is co-founder of the Canadian Species Initiative, which seeks to ensure that intensive species management tools are given due consideration and effectively used for species conservation in Canada by applying globally recognized species conservation planning workshop processes. She is currently pursuing the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group’s Planner Development Path in order to be able to lead workshop design and facilitation.
Jessica studied Zoology at the University of Guelph and earned a Master’s of Applied Science in Wildlife Health and Population Management from the University of Sydney, Australia. She previously worked at the Toronto Zoo with several conservation breeding programs including massassauga rattlesnakes, black-footed ferrets and Puerto Rican crested toads.
As our 16th Canada’s New Noah, Jessica completed her post-graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Management through the Durrell Conservation Academy and worked with critically endangered passerine projects in Mauritius. She was part of the team that brought the first Mauritius olive white eye nestlings into captivity in order to develop hand-rearing and conservation management techniques.
Fundraising & Communications Manager
Sarah has a Master of Science in conservation biology, behavioral sciences, and entomology, and work experience in sustainable community development. Following her MSc, Sarah worked with the UNESCO Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, empowering rural communities to protect ecologically important habitat.
As an avid kayaker, birder, and nature photographer, Sarah has a deep appreciation for the immeasurable benefits that come from time spent outdoors. When Sarah is not spending time on conservation outreach and fundraising, she is relaxing at her home on the Rideau River in Ottawa.