ZSL launches Conservation Review
Tuesday 11 January 2011
The first ever Conservation Review highlights ZSL’s major conservation achievements in 2009 and 2010.
This Review is the first time that the Society’s has compiled a review of its field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe as well as its Zoo-based conservation activities at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
In the opening preface ZSL President Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS explains just how much ZSL’s conservationists have achieved in the past 12 months:
“Activities in 2009 and 2010 have been extremely impressive. Our conservation scientists discovered new species of elephant shrew and coral, found new deep-sea vent ecosystems and rediscovered a subspecies of loris once feared lost to extinction.
“New tools were tested that greatly improved our ability to monitor endangered species and measure the effectiveness of our interventions. ZSL has played a major role in defining the status and trends of the world’s species by helping develop robust national-level biodiversity indicators.
“But perhaps most significantly, 2009 and 2010 saw the final push to create a no-take Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the waters of the Chagos Archipelago… Chagos represents some of the best and most diverse marine conditions remaining; its pristine waters and stunning coral reefs compare to nowhere else on the planet.
“I am very proud of ZSL’s role in this historic event and congratulate all of our staff for their accomplishments.”