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Flora from Kings Lynn Rise, Mindarie, Western Australia © Sue Court/

Darren Grover profile photo © WWF-Aus / Chris Curnow

Darren Grover

Head of Living Ecosystems

As Head of Living Ecosystems, I lead the Species, Oceans, Science and Impact teams at WWF-Australia. My geographically dispersed team delivers projects that seek to improve the conservation status of species like the black-flanked rock-wallaby and Carnaby’s black cockatoo in southwest Australia, the bilby and Gouldian finch in the Kimberley, southern right whales in the Great Australian Bight, and marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.

Our projects are delivered through partnerships with universities, government agencies, other environmental organisations, community groups, and by empowering Indigenous communities and ranger groups to play an active role in threatened species and ocean conservation.

I also lead WWF-Australia’s contributions to species and marine conservation in the Asia-Pacific region, most notably for species such as the tiger, and the snow leopard and in places such as Solomon Islands and Borneo.

I’m an ecologist by trade and have studied at the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University. I have nearly 20 years' experience in species conservation, environmental impact assessment, Indigenous education and land management, and the development of environmental and water policies.

I’m most at home in the bush and I’m an avid birdwatcher and bushwalker.

While WWF puts me on the frontline of the extinction crisis, there is no place I’d rather be! Every day I get to work with passionate people to save species.