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Eric Goode  

Entrepreneur, Conservationist, CEO of The Turtle Conservancy & Director of Netflix's "Tiger King"

Eric Goode is an American entrepreneur and conservationist, whose conservation work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Charlie Rose as well as highlighted in the feature documentary film, "Racing Extinction." He is the founder of the Turtle Conservancy, a global conservation organization whose mission is to preserve and protect natural ecosystems, focusing on turtles and tortoises, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity. He also created the Turtle Ball, an annual fundraising event that brings together artists, celebrities, philanthropists, and conservationists for a festive evening that shines a light on the global turtle extinction crisis.

Among other accomplishments, Goode and the Turtle Conservancy established the first nature preserve in South Africa dedicated to the protection of the Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoise. He helped form the Sinaloan Nature Preserve for the protection of Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise, which was recently named after Goode (Gopherus evgoodei) in recognition of his passion for the smaller forgotten creatures on the planet.

Goode has authored and co-authored over 20 academic publications and popular articles on subjects ranging from the plight of the world’s rarest tortoise, the Ploughshare in Madagascar, to the reproductive biology of turtles, to Pacific Pond Turtles in his own backyard of California. Goode currently sits on the boards of Rainforest Trust, the Chelonian Research Institute, the Turtle Conservation Fund, and the advisory council of Global Wildlife Conservation and is a member of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.

In 2020, Netflix premiered "Tiger King," a seven-episode docuseries directed and produced by Goode about people who own and breed lions, tigers, and other big cats. The show quickly became one of the most watched shows on the Netflix platform.

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