Chief Executive’s Blog

April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


Dinosaurs Return exhibition opens at Edinburgh Zoo.

The Dinosaurs Return exhibition opens at Edinburgh Zoo.

This week has been very exciting as today (Friday 3 April) we launched the Dinosaurs Return! exhibition at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

A lot of work has been put into the exhibition and we are extremely proud of it. Visitors have been streaming in today from the moment it opened, so it looks like being a very popular attraction over the coming months. This is set to be a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to really connect with conservation and the wider story of the fight against species extinction. The exhibition will run from 3 April until 1 November. For further information, please visit http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/dinosaursreturn

Our conservation team were in Knapdale, Argyll, last week, monitoring the site of the Scottish Beaver Trial as part of the Scottish National Heritage licensing conditions. We were please to discover two new beaver lodges recently and beavers have been seen on four different lochs. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days up there with our team in the beautiful surroundings last week seeing the work of the Trial.

The RZSS team also attended the Response for Nature Prioritisation Workshop last week. These workshops hope to build on the work carried out by the State of Nature Partnership, which produced a report to highlight nature under threat in the UK and its overseas territories. It studies both plant and animal species to better understand the impact of modern day life on the rare and threatened habitats which help to support species found nowhere else on earth.

Our RZSS WildGenes work also continues, with a new team member arriving from Gabon to carry out further work on the forensic traceability of elephant ivory over the next five months. This is another step towards utilising forensic DNA to ensure more criminals taking part in the illegal wildlife trade are caught, but we hope that this will also act as an increasing deterrent to future poaching activities.

Arnaud Desbiez researching Giant Armadillos in the Brazilian Pantanal

RZSS Regional Coordinator for South America, Arnaud Desbiez researching Giant Armadillos in the Brazilian Pantanal

Finally, the Giant Armadillo Project team in Brazil has been out in the field in the Pantanal for the past week. Despite heavy floods, they needed to head out to retrieve a GPS tag before its battery runs out. The team will also search for Alex, the baby giant armadillo the project has been following for the last 18 months.

All is connected… no one thing can change by itself.

Paul Hawken

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