The CCI community is deeply saddened at the sudden loss of Dr Tony Whitten, Senior Advisor at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), and a former CCI Council member. Tony’s passion for conservation was utterly infectious, which, combined with his abundant charm, charisma and humour, made him an inspiration to people around the world. While Tony’s enthusiasm for biodiversity was far-reaching, he will be remembered in particular for his championing of the often-overlooked species that occur in karst landscapes, and for his tireless efforts to protect these landscapes from destruction.
Tony’s connection to Cambridge stretched back to his days as a PhD student at King's College. A strong believer in the benefits of working across disciplines and organisations, Tony was a wonderful ambassador for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and served as FFI’s representative on CCI’s Council between 2016-2017 where he played a key role in revising the CCI Five Year Plan among many other contributions. He was also cherished for his wonderful communications skills, be it with the wider public, students or leading decision makers in government, business and academia.
Tony will be hugely missed by all who were lucky enough to know and work with him. Anyone wishing to pay tribute to this remarkable man can send messages to TonyWhittenfirstname.lastname@example.org. FFI’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ros Aveling, has also written a moving article about Tony, which can be read here: https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/memoriam-dr-tony-whitten
Tony’s family have established a memorial fund to support conservation projects that were close to his heart, and FFI is kindly collecting donations towards this fund. If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, you can do so via this link: https://www.fauna-flora.org/appeals/tony-whitten-memorial-fund.
With enormous sadness but very fond memories,
Elizabeth Allen and Mike Rands