Leigh Henry

Director, Wildlife Policy, Wildlife Conservation

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Leigh leads our wildlife-related policy efforts, as well as our jaguar and marine cetacean conservation work. Since joining the WWF family in 2001, Leigh has played a key role in our efforts to combat wildlife crime, with a special focus on illegal tiger trade as the WWF network’s lead on our phasing out tiger farms. She was a core member of the WWF network’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, which helped to secure unprecedented global and U.S. leadership to end poaching and wildlife crime, as well as WWF’s campaign to save Mexico’s critically endangered vaquita porpoise. Leigh remains committed to ending the threat posed by bycatch and entanglement in fishing gear to the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises – the same threat that has driven the vaquita to the brink of extinction.

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Director, Wildlife Policy


  • Master of Studies in Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
  • B.A. Cultural Anthropology with a Minor in Environmental Studies, James Madison University

Areas of Expertise

  • International and U.S. wildlife conservation policy
  • International and U.S. wildlife trade policy
  • CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)
  • IWC (International Whaling Commission)
  • Tiger trade and conservation
  • Government advocacy
  • Whale, dolphin, porpoise, and jaguar conservation


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