Ever wondered how to monitor the movements of the ocean’s biggest fish? Or how to reintroduce near-extinct species back into the wild? And did you know there are diseases threatening some of our most-loved species of British garden wildlife?
Visitors to New Scientist Live at ExCeL London will be able to find out how these and other scientific insights are powering the cutting edge of conservation when international charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) takes part in ‘The World’s Most Exciting Festival of Ideas’ from 28 September-1 October 2017.
Joining Chester Zoo, The Deep and Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) at a display hosted by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), experts from ZSL’s two world-class zoos – ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – its field conservation team and researchers from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology will be on-hand throughout the four-day event to share insights across a whole host of fascinating areas.
Day one of the show will see zookeepers, animal behaviour experts and exhibit designers coming together to explain how scientific discoveries are helping to create more sophisticated enclosures than ever before for the 850 amazing species that call ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos home.
ZSL’s wildlife vets will take centre stage on day two, highlighting the pioneering work they are doing to combat emerging disease threats through the Garden Wildlife Health partnership. Day three will showcase the incredible contribution that ZSL’s two Zoos are making to re-introduce threatened species like the iconic scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), Britain’s dormice and Tahiti’s fascinating Partula snails to the wild, through science-led conservation breeding programmes.
The final day of New Scientist Live 2017 will see ZSL’s marine biologists join forces with colleagues from The Deep to share their fascinating work tagging and monitoring some of the ocean’s most iconic fish, from sharks to manta rays. This is an area where the latest developments in tracker technology are enabling more discoveries than ever before.
ZSL’s Director of Science, Professor Ken Norris, said: “Since our earliest days, pioneering science has been fundamental to how ZSL goes about achieving its mission of conserving animals and their habitats worldwide.
“We’re really excited by the opportunities that being part of BIAZA’s presence at New Scientist Live will provide to spread the word about our heritage of scientific excellence and how this knowledge continues to underpin our work, both today and into the future.”