Event type
Previous Event
Event status
8 December 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
1h 30m

Join us to hear about the fascinating, yet threatened, world of reptiles and efforts to shine a spotlight on reptile conservation.

Reptiles – lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodilians – comprise almost one third of all land vertebrate species on Earth, and also occur in marine and freshwater systems.

Despite their amazing diversity, reptiles remain underrepresented in conservation research and action compared to mammals, birds and even amphibians.

For example, the world’s protected areas do not represent reptiles as effectively as they do birds or mammals, and our knowledge of the extinction risk of reptile species has traditionally lagged behind that of amphibians, birds and mammals.

But this is changing, as global efforts to put reptiles on the conservation map have increased extensively over recent years.

ZSL has led several advances in reptile conservation research, and continues to engage with key collaborators in this field.

Through advances in IUCN Red List assessments, the publication of the first Living Planet Index for reptiles, highlighting and protecting the most evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered (EDGE) reptiles, and supporting reintroductions of threatened turtles, ZSL has been pushing the global conservation agenda for reptiles.


  • Dr Monika Böhm, Research Fellow in the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London: "Assess, publish, repeat: building the scientific knowledge base for reptile conservation"
  • Rikki Gumbs, EDGE Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zoological Society of London and Imperial College London: "Reptiles on the EDGE: conservation priorities for the reptilian Tree of Life"
  • Emmanuel Amoah, Threatened Species Conservation Alliance (THRESCOAL): "Protecting a sacred river: community-led conservation of the West African slender-snouted crocodile"
  • Benjamin Tapley, Head of the Reptile Team, Zoological Society of London: "Developing release strategies for confiscated and Endangered big-headed turtles in Vietnam"

Watch the event

Event details
  • This interactive online event was livestreamed to our YouTube channel
  • Each online event comprises 3-4 presentations from experts on the chosen topic
  • There was no charge for this event, and no need to register in advance to watch the livestream
  • This event was hosted by Charlotte Coales, and facilitated and coordinated by Eleanor Darbey, and Linda DaVolls.
Contact details
  • Contact Eleanor Darbey at for any Science and Conservation Event related enquiries.
  • For press enquiries, please contact the ZSL Press
  • For more information about how to join the ZSL Fellowship programme and engage with a network of thousands who are shaping the future of conservation, please click here.
  • Sign up here to receive email updates about forthcoming ZSL and Conservation Events.
  • Read the latest blog posts from our scientists and conservationists here.
  • Follow us on Twitter @ZSLScience to hear about new publications from our researchers, upcoming events and podcast episode releases. 
  • Now you can also Follow us on Facebook @ZSLScienceAndConservation to receive notifications about new events!
Never miss an event

Sign up for free email updates and alerts about forthcoming ZSL and conservation events to make sure you're always in the know about the future of conservation in the UK and around the globe.