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Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87

SOURCE:  New York Times

Hope Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a Pan Am flight attendant in the 1950s.                      Credit Barbara Hill

by Sam Roberts

Hope Ryden, whose lifelike photographs of North American beavers, coyotes, mustangs and other wildlife helped elevate them into poster animals for conservation campaigns, died on June 18 in Hyannis, Mass. She was 87.

The cause was complications of hip surgery, her brother, Ernest E. Ryden, said.

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  1. Hope Ryden and Velma Johnston and many others were my teachers. They saw what was happening to our wild ones and they did their best to teach others and I am saddened, not by their deaths but by what we now see is going on toward those those their heartfelt souls fought to protect.


  2. It makes me really sad when I hear of the good folks passing. But we thank her for all her good works. Rest in Peace, Hope Ryden.


  3. Remember reading her book about wild horses – never realized what a far-sighted gal she was & how influential in many ways. We need many more like her! Actually there are many like her – involved in trying to save our wild horses & other wildlife & their habitats. The public should be listening to them rather than their detractors!


  4. Thanks for this tribute to a bold, determined, imaginative woman who made a lasting mark fighting for wild equids and many other vilified wildlife species. Besides her books and photos, I especially appreciate her contributions to “Managing to Extinction,” a classic history of federal mismanagement of wild equine herds and the subversion of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act. Farewell, Hope. May we all keep the flame going.


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