Founder and Executive Director

Amy Clanin is an educator, trainer, and catalyst for innovation and collaboration in conservation education.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Primate Education Network (PEN) and has 17 years of experience in designing and delivering conservation education programs for zoos, sanctuaries, schools, and local communities in primate range countries.

With degrees in Primate Behavior & Ecology and Anthropology, Amy’s commitment to conservation education began as a guide at the Knoxville Zoo and the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.  She also taught at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, led an education project on chimpanzees as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, and worked with primate conservation organizations in Borneo, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2012, Amy established PEN to address three needs of conservation educators: connections, resources, and training.  PEN leverages local capacity and partners with multiple stakeholders to accelerate collaboration and solve unique regional conservation challenges through customized online tools and resources, as well as offline training workshops in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Amy is a strong advocate for community-based conservation educators, who inspire behavior change and protection of the world’s most diverse and threatened ecosystems where primates serve as flagship species.

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