Stamford Raffles Lecture 2019

The role of zoos in conservation, taking captive breeding techniques into the field 

Professor Carl G. Jones MBE,

Chief Scientist, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust


Many of the most successful efforts to conserve endangered species have been driven by zoos, and occur at the interface between captive and wild populations. In this talk, Carl Jones will demonstrate how the conservation role of zoos is changing and how the most effective approach has often been the application of captive management and breeding techniques to free-living populations. Carl will illustrate his talk with examples taken from work that he has been involved with in Mauritius and elsewhere, and will make the case that Zoos have yet to wake up to the powerful range of techniques that they possess, or could develop, that could be applied to the conservation of world’s most endangered species.   


Carl Jones is Chief Scientist at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Scientific Director at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.  He has worked in Mauritius for forty years, and the team of conservationists he directs have been credited with averting the possible or probable extinction of five species of birds, three reptiles and a fruit bat.  In 2016 he won the Indianapolis Prize in recognition of this work.


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A post-lecture wine and canapé reception is included in the ticket price.

Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.


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