Our Founder

Gerry Ellis

Gerry Ellis

Gerry Ellis founded GLOBIO as an outgrowth of his Wild Orphans elephant filming project in the late 1990s. That project culminated 15 years of international filming and witnessing first-hand the rapid loss of global biodiversity, and its impact on human and non-human lives. Working for many of the top conservation NGOs Gerry saw firsthand the power of visuals in educational, and value in connecting kids and people through wildlife to global issues we all face. GLOBIO became a natural step in his commitment to inspire in others greater understanding, and steps of personal action to create positive change.

Gerry built his career as an international wildlife film-maker, photographer, and writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, the New York Times, Ranger Rick, and more. Gerry is the author of more than a dozen children’s books. His current work is featured on the GLOBIO YouTube channel  Apes Like Us, which he also hosts.


“I don’t believe in pixie-dust hope, we have enormous capacity to be kind and do the right thing for all life — we often just need to fully understand the impact of our actions, and know we aren’t going it alone in creating positive change. GLOBIO could be that support.”

— Gerry Ellis,
founder of GLOBIO

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