Obituary: Mark Stanley Price

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The department is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Mark Stanley Price. Mark has been part of the community ever since he started as an undergraduate in Zoology at the University of Oxford. Following this, he spent over 30 years working in conservation in Africa and the Middle-East, pursuing a post-doctoral thesis in the feeding ecology of antelopes. Later he played a pivotal role in the early projects to restore the formerly endangered Arabian oryx.

He worked as a Senior Research Associate with WildCRU and the Department since 2008. His career history has been highlighted with many incredible contributions to conservation, including:
•    Director of African Operations for the African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya
•    Chief Executive of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey
•    Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Sub-Committee for Species Conservation Planning
•    Founder and first Chair of IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group

Prof Claudio Sillero, a mentee who had the pleasure of working with Mark said:

“Mark was an accomplished conservationist, a thinker with common sense with an uncanny ability to achieve consensus. Always smiling, always willing to help. I and many people had the pleasure of working along side him, and he will be greatly missed."

Our thoughts are with his wife Karen and daughters Tessa and Freya.