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Losing beautiful songbirds to the illegal wildlife trade

5th May 2016

We’d like to introduce you to Chester Zoo's South East Asia programme coordinator, Johanna Rode-Margono. Here is an update following her recent trip to Java, where she spent time with our partners looking for potential release sites for some of the world's most critically endangered birds.

A day in the life of a ranger

28th April 2016

Being chased by elephants, charged at by rhinos and having to hide from armed poachers are just some of the dangers facing the rangers working on the ground in Kenya. Meet Joseph Kotoke who is working on the frontline of the war against the illegal wildlife trade and sees its devastating effects every day. 

Data is power in the fight against illegal wildlife trade

26th April 2016

Senior crime data analyst for TRAFFIC in South East Asia, Sarah Stoner, tells us more about her job, why we’re encouraging you to become a Wildlife Witness, the reason behind the development of a Wildlife Witness smartphone app and how your support will help save wildlife.

Dos and don'ts of reporting illegal wildlife trade

25th April 2016

Even though we want you to keep an eye out for any illegal wildlife trade activity and report anything suspicious you may see, we do want you to make sure you keep yourself safe at all times...

What is illegal wildlife trade?

25th April 2016

Illegal wildlife trade is the sale or exchange of wild animal and plant resources. It’s a huge, lucrative industry which is threatening the future of many of the world’s most iconic species.

Guest blog: Rick Barongi, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

21st April 2016

Rick Barongi, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) chair of Conservation and Sustainability, spoke at the conservation breeding symposium earlier this year. Here he tells us more about what he thought of the event...

Guest blog: Dr Gabriela Mastromonaco

21st April 2016

Back in March, along with Marketing Cheshire, we hosted a symposium highlighting Cheshire as the UK’s breeding centre of excellence. Dr Gabriela Mastromonaco, curator of reproductive physiology and research at Toronto Zoo, was one of the many individuals who attended and presented at the symposium. Here she tells us what she thought of the event and the outcomes she felt came out as a result.

Are interactive activities for zoo visitors effective education tools?

15th April 2016

We’re more than a great day out; alongside research, conservation and recreation, education is a vital part of a modern zoo. It’s therefore important that we provide our visitors with opportunities to discover and learn about the biology and conservation of the species found here at Chester Zoo.

Fighting the amphibian chytrid fungus through the use of probiotics

7th April 2016

We have been supporting Molly Bletz, a PhD student, with her research into using probiotics to help frogs survive the deadly ‘chytrid’ fungus.

Research highlights decline in world’s largest primate

4th April 2016

New research involving Chester Zoo conservation scientist, Stuart Nixon, has revealed some shocking results which need to be acted on quickly to protect a magnificent species from extinction. Grauer’s gorilla population numbers have decreased dramatically in just 20 years…

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