Susie Orbach – ‘Jungles of the Mind’

ZSL conservation scientists and keepers team up with leading writers to talk about the animals in ZSL London Zoo. Alongside the animals, the writers speak imaginatively about their responses to them and ZSL’s experts talk about their ecology and conservation.

The audience will be able to ask questions of author, scientist and keeper and have books signed over a glass of wine.

These unique evenings will be held within the animal exhibits of ZSL London Zoo in partnership with The Freud Museum.

Susie Orbach: 

In the presence of one of the most beautiful and endangered “fauna of the night” - inhabitant of the world’s last remaining jungles - the distinguished psychoanalyst Susie Orbach talks about “jungles of the mind”.

Susie Orbach is an internationally distinguished psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, author and social critic. She was chair of the UK’s Relational School and a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. She lectures and broadcasts extensively world-wide. She writes for newspapers and magazines and campaigns vigorously on many issues. Her books include Fat is a Feminist Issue; What Do Women Want? Exploding the Myth of Dependency; The Impossibility of Sex; Bodies (2009) and she recently co-edited 50 Shades of Feminism. For ten years she wrote a column in the Guardian on emotions in public and private life, now collected in two books: What's Really Going on Here? and Towards Emotional Literacy.


Featuring Chris Carbone: ZSL/Institute of Zoology Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader (BME):

Chris has long standing interest in animal behaviour and animal ecology. At ZSL he has developed a number of projects looking at the impacts of human activities on wildlife, where we see some of the greatest levels of human-wildlife conflict. He has worked in Indonesia, South America, Africa and India. He is particularly interested in carnivore species which are of considerable importance to conservation efforts, and has acted as an international observer for the Indian Governments country-wide tiger census.

Chaired by poet and ZSL Council Member Ruth Padel: Ruth is a British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music. She has published a novel, eight works of non-fiction and eight poetry collections, most recently The Mara Crossing, which mixes poems and prose to explore migration.

Melati, a Sumatran Tiger, at ZSL London Zoo.


Venue: ZSL London Zoo Tiger Territory
Doors and cash bar opens: 6.30pm

Talks commence from 7pm (followed by q&a)
Meet the Author, book signing and cash bar until: 9pm

Alcoholic & soft drinks cash bar will be available throughout the evening

Entry point into the Zoo for this talk will be the Zoos main entrance
Directions to ZSL London Zoo

Tickets: £12

For phone bookings please contact: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am - 5pm)

For more information or further booking enquiries please email

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