Putting reptiles on the map: ZSL Science for reptilian conservation

8 Dec 2020 18:00 - 19:30

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


We are excited to bring back our Science and Conservation Events series in a new online format, please read the following information carefully:

  • This interactive online event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel – we will provide a link here, along with tips and a Code of Conduct in due course, so please check back again soon.
  • The event will run from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, and will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel afterwards. 
  • Each event will comprise of 3-4 presentations from experts in the topic, similar to our previous event series. 
  • There will be opportunities for questions from the audience to be answered after each presentation. We will ask audience members to submit their questions during the event via the comments section below the livestream on YouTube, and via email to scientific.events@zsl.org.
  • There is no charge for this event, and you do not need to enter any personal information or register in advance to watch the livestream (but please be aware you will need to log in to YouTube if you would like to ask a question in the comments section there).
  • If you would like to submit a question to the speakers before the event, please email it to scientific.events@zsl.org with the event title in the Subject line.


ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so keep an ear out in the following months! Listen to previous episodes from our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes produced by Dr Monika Bohm and Eleanor Darbey here


Further Information

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