ZSL Director General Ralph Armond to retire

Director General of ZSL, Ralph Armond has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2017, after more than 12 years at the helm of the world-leading international conservation charity.

Ralph Armond with Galapagos giant tortoise

During Ralph’s tenure the Society has improved its ability to meet its mission, through increasing the number of conservation projects around the world, developing ZSL’s scientific research output and raising the number of visitors to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos, Ralph has led ZSL from strength to strength. 

Ralph Armond said: “I have truly relished each and every day spent working at ZSL. It is an organisation with an incredible mission made up of people with boundless energy and devotion. It is an organisation I find intensely satisfying to be a part of.

“From our truly ground-breaking science, our on-the-ground conservation efforts and the passion and expertise of those caring for the animals at our two Zoos, it is really the people who have enabled ZSL to grow and I look forward to seeing the undoubtedly amazing developments which are yet to come.” 

With Ralph at the helm, ZSL launched its biggest conservation partnership to-date, named Kelola Sendang, designed to ensure long term protection for Sumatra’s precious peatlands, signed a milestone agreement with the Gujarat State Government in India to protect Asiatic lions, and led on the innovative #OneLess campaign – which aims to make London free of single-use plastic water bottles to help tackle ocean pollution. 

ZSL’s President, Professor Sir John Beddington said: “Since joining ZSL in 2004, Ralph’s contribution to the Society has been vast, and he has played a pivotal role in its transformation. 

“The Society has gone from working in six countries to contributing to the conservation of wildlife and its habitats in more than 50 countries worldwide, and seen the number of employees grow from 400 to more than 1,000 to meet its increasing output. 

“From the Board of Trustees and your Directors, I want to convey our gratitude for all he has achieved.”

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