After 28 years, ZSL has handed back the reins at the King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre (KKWRC) to the Saudi Wildlife Authority, which will oversee future management of the centre.
Over the years, ZSL have been working on cutting edge research and conservation at the Centre and we have been responsible for the only successful reintroductions of wild antelopes anywhere in the world.
ZSL and the Centre has delivered some tremendous results over 28 years, including reintroducing two species of gazelle to the Uruq Bani M'Arid protected area; a region from which they had disappeared.
We have built a firm foundation to restore and safeguard wildlife in the country for years to come and ZSL wishes the Centre more successes in the future.
In February this year, ZSL scientists teamed up with marine experts from across the world to embark on a month-long pelagic expedition in the British Indian Ocean Territory.
The aim of the study was to use megafauna like mantas as a sentinel species to judge the effectiveness of the Chagos Archipelago as the world’s largest no-take Marine Protected Area.
Working alongside Manta Trust and Stanford University, scientists were able to tag and track multiple mantas, collecting crucial data which will be used to better understand and conserve these magnificent creatures.
Long extinct in the wild, a captive-bred herd of Scimitar-horned oryx are back roaming the grasslands of Chad, Central Africa, thanks to a project of the Chadian Government and Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, in which the Sahara Conservation Fund, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and ZSL are all playing key specialist roles.
So far 23 of the rare species of antelope have been released, the first time captive-bred Scimitar-horned oryx have been released unfenced into their traditional wild environment.
Using our years of commitment to oryx conservation, ZSL’s role is to lead the post-release monitoring in Chad, helped by satellite collars from SCBI and coordinated data exchanges and planning among all the partners.
This is the first of many oryx releases planned. Conservation breeding programmes including ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s herd of Scimitar-horned oryx are providing much-needed genetic diversity to The Environment Agency’s World Herd.
The illegal trade in animal parts, meat and exotic pets is threatening some of our most beloved species.
It’s a global problem, requiring global solutions – and, unless we act now, it may well be too late, writes Craig Bruce, ZSL’s head of Asia conservation programmes.
Have you entered our #WithWildlife competition yet?
Share a photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram of your favourite animal using the hashtag #WithWildlife and tag ZSL to be in with a chance of winning an animal experience at ZSL London or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo!
As this year's Olympics draws to a close, why not set yourself your own challenge with our Swim for Wildlife fundraising event this Tuesday.
Taking place at the idyllic Brockwell Lido in Brixton, all funds raised will go towards vital conservation work that protects marine habitats.
This is a traffic jam you wouldn't mind being stuck in.
Captured by ZSL scientist Sarah Durant while surveying cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas and more in Tanzania, she said "the elephants were very close to the road and so we stopped to let them pass. The photo was taken as our car was sat, engine off, while the elephants passed by us and headed off into the bush."
Ahead of our panel debate on the implications of Brexit on science and conservation, ZSL Institute of Zoology's Dr Nathalie Pettorelli looks at the challenges facing the conservationists and scientists of the future.
We don't want to imagine a world without tigers. That's why we're working in Indonesia, Nepal and India to protect them. Find out more about ZSL's international conservation work at www.zsl.org/withwildlife