CITES pays tribute to Dr Hank Jenkins

Updated on 27 September 2023


It is with deep sorrow that the CITES Secretariat reports the passing of Dr Robert ‘Hank’ Jenkins. Dr Jenkins was a feature of the work of the Convention for a number of years. He was elected and served as the CITES Animals Committee (AC) Representative for Oceania from 1989 to 1992 and later served as CITES AC Chair from 1992 until his retirement at the 11th Conference of the Parties (CoP11) in 2000.

After his employment with the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service as head of the national CITES Management Authority (MA) of Australia, he advised Parties to the Convention as a private consultant on the sustainable use of wildlife resources in compliance with the requirements of CITES and national laws.

Dr Jenkins was a wildlife biologist with a passion for snakes and a long-term member of the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group and the Sustainable Use & Livelihoods Specialist Group. Among his many contributions to wildlife conservation and trade, he led an eight-year research program on saltwater crocodiles in Kakadu National Park and supported the Blue BioTrade Initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as a Species Management Specialist and Managing Director of Creative Conservation Solutions.

He will be missed. May he rest in peace. 

Dr Hank Jenkins

AC3 – Member for Oceania hank_jenkins_animals_committee

AC4 – Member for Oceania

AC5 – Member for Oceania 

AC6 – Member for Oceania 

AC7 – Member for Oceania 


AC8 – July 1992, Harare

AC9 – September 1993, Brussels

AC10 – May 1994, Beijing

AC11 – November 1994, Fort Lauderdale

AC12 – September 1995, Antigua

AC13 – September 1996, Pruhonice

AC14 – May 1998, Caracas

AC15 – July 1999, Antananarivo

AC16 – December 2000, Shepherdstown


CITES Secretariat

25 September 2023