Anak Pattanavibool is country director for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Thailand Program.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science in wildlife management from Kasetsart University, he began his career with the Wildlife Conservation Division, Royal Forest Department (the division is now under the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) as a park ranger in wildlife sanctuaries in southern and northern Thailand. Pattanavibool then received a USAID scholarship for his graduate studies at Oregon State University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in wildlife science in 1993.
He worked briefly as a wildlife biologist before continuing a doctorate degree in environmental geography at University of Victoria in Canada. After graduating and returning to Thailand, he worked as a wildlife biologist with the Western Forest Complex Ecosystem Management Project (WEFCOM) to map distributions of large mammals and birds. He then began teaching biology and conservation for a year in Department of Biology at Mahidol University.
In October 2004, he began his employment with WCS as the Thailand country program director. In his role with WCS, he has the opportunity to work with his colleagues in government and universities to strengthen wildlife conservation and research in Thailand.
In 2013, Pattanavibool became a faculty member of the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University. He hopes to use his experience to strengthen the future generations of park and wildlife managers in order to raise their standard and morale to work for wildlife and wild places in Thailand.
Last Updated: June 5, 2017