Philip Robinson has been working to monitor and protect the wildlife of Liberia for the past 44 years, including playing an instrumental role in the establishment of Sapo, Liberias only national park, which was created in 1983.
Philip Robinson conducted a survey on the pygmy hippopotamus for the World Wildlife Fund in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1968. He was later involved in the feasibility studies for the establishment of Sapo National Park, under the sponsorship of the National Geographic Society. During the Liberian civil war he was the editor of the Pepperbird newsletter for the temporary Society for the Renewal of Nature Conservation in Liberia, based in San Diego, California. In 1998 Dr. Robinson led a field survey of the Cestos and Senkwehn riversheds in eastern Liberia, following wartime logging incursions in the region. He is the co-editor, with Henk Dop of Amsterdam, of the annotated translation of Johann Büttikoferâs 1890 two-volume work Reisebilder aus Liberia (Travel Sketches from Liberia) which was published in the fall of 2012.