Mordecai Ogada is a carnivore ecologist and conservation writer who has been involved in conservation policy and practice for the last 18 years in Kenya and other parts of Africa, mainly on human-wildlife conflict mitigation and carnivore conservation.
Dr. Ogada’s professional work has included research and teaching conservation leadership at Colorado State University. Much of his energy has been devoted to the area of community based conservation, wildlife policy and wetlands ecology. He has worked for over 15 years in the Conservation civil society conservation practice in Kenya. Over the last three years, Mordecai has been engaged in examining the policy problems and prejudices that underlie the challenges experienced in wildlife conservation, particularly in the global South. These issues form the central theme of ‘The Big Conservation Lie’ a book focused on Kenya co-authored with John Mbaria. He is currently the Executive Director of Conservation Solutions Afrika, a natural resource management consultancy based in Nanyuki.
Dr. Ogada also has a keen interest in conservation education and engaging children and communities in environmental education outside the classroom.
Outside the sphere of conservation, Mordecai is a hockey player, amateur birdwatcher and student of African political history.