He was born on 15 July 1918. His father was Leland William Wilberforce Buxton and his mother, Ada Mary Oakes. He was the great-great-grandson of the anti-slavery campaigner Sir Thomas Buxton. He was educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Artillery in the Second World War and was decorated with the Military Cross in 1943.
In 1961 he was one of the co-founders of the World Wildlife Fund. As well as the WWF, he was involved with the Natural History Museum, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the London Zoological Society. In 1976 he and Lady Buxton donated a 10 hectare estate near Elsenham to the Essex Wildlife Trust, and it is named the Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve.
On 11 May 1978, he was created a life peer as Baron Buxton of Alsa, of Stiffkey in the County of Norfolk. In 1996, Buxton, was invested as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
He was married twice: firstly to Pamela Mary, daughter of Sir Henry Birkin, 3rd Baronet, on 14 November 1946; and secondly (having been widowed in 1983) to Kathleen Peterson, an American writer, on 16 July 1988. His first marriage produced six children, one of whom, Cindy Buxton, is a noted filmmaker.
He died on 1 September 2009, aged 91, from undisclosed causes.
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