Professor Carl Jones

Dr Carl Jones
Dr Carl Jones

 

Carl Jones, winner of the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, is the chief scientist with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and scientific director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). Through 40 years of devoted and pioneering work in Mauritius, in partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Carl developed and led the programs enabling some of the most striking animal population recoveries in the world. The unique Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, echo parakeet, Mauritius Fody, Rodrigues warbler, Rodrigues fody and Rodrigues fruit bat, have all been brought back from the brink of extinction. He has also directed the restoration of several islands around Mauritius, which has included the eradication of invasive mammals, and the subsequent restoration of the native vegetation and endemic reptile communities.  Work with reptiles has required establishing exotic tortoises as ecological replacements for the extinct endemic tortoises, and by the successful translocation of three species of geckos, two skinks and a snake.