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Our Staff

Our project is staffed by a resourceful, passionate and dedicated team of conservationists who are working to safeguard global ecosystems.

Our staff and excellent group of volunteers bring varying skill sets and creativities to our efforts, and we get a lot done on very low overhead. We are always looking for new ways to leverage our complementary skill sets.

We have a growing number of projects that volunteers participate in, expanding our reach and helping us introduce the concept of a balanced natural world into every living room, computer screen and smart phone; making our ecosystems a priority to all.

Staff & Interns

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Zara McDonald, MS MBA

President & Biologist, Director

Meet Zara

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Alys Granados, PhD

Lead Wildlife Ecologist

Meet Alys

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Katie McPherson

Wildlife Biologist

Meet Katie

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David Stoner, PhD


Meet David

Former Staff

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Andrew Bagwell

Field Intern

Meet Andrew

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Jenny Green

Wildlife Biologist Intern

Meet Jenny

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Cailan Ackerman

Wildlife Biologist Technician

Meet Cailan

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Kyle Shaney


Courtney Coon, PhD

Wildlife Biologist

Ginger Thomson

Community and Development

Catherine Gallo

Volunteer Manager and Office Manager

Brad Nichols

Wildlife Biologist


Thank you to the 1200+ volunteers who have given us the generous gift of their time and expertise over the years!

Featured Volunteers

Ella's internship with Felidae

When I applied to be an intern with Felidae Conservation Fund and the Bay Area Puma Project, I didn’t know what to expect.

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Lulu’s Internship Reflection

This month, I end my six month internship for Felidae, and I am happy to report that it has been an enlightening experience full of surprises.

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Reflections on internship with Felidae

The end of June marked the end of my internship with the Felidae Conservation Fund. These past four months have been incredibly fulfilling.

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Get Involved In Puma Preservation

Do you want to help preserve our local ecosystem for future generations? We need your help! Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We need all sorts of skills: from tech savvy folks to those willing to hike. If you want to be part of change, volunteer today!

See Volunteer Opportunities

Donate and Make a Difference

Do you want to make an immediate impact on puma preservation? Donations are what makes our work and research possible!

Every dollar goes directly towards helping us change the lives of pumas.