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Southeast Asia crisis: Conservation experts at our special event

03 April 2012

steve-leonard198x143On Saturday 28th April we have the privilege of hosting a special event featuring international conservation experts working in Southeast Asia to help save endangered animals.

Featuring TV vet Steve Leonard as our guest host, the symposium will include talks by Cathy Dean (Save the Rhino International), Nick Garbutt (professional wildlife photographer and expedition leader), Vincent Nijman (expert on the illegal wildlife trade) and Simon Hedges (Wildlife Conservation Society).

Southeast Asia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and home to much loved animals such as the Sumatran Tiger, the Asian Elephant, Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans and the Sumatran Rhino.

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But the biodiversity of Southeast Asia is at risk. Due to threats such as illegal trade and habitat loss, large species in particular have been identified as being in rapid decline.

Without immediate action could disappear forever. In January this year, the news was released that the status of the Sumatran Elephant has been revised from endangered to critically endangered after losing nearly 70 per cent of its habitat. Only 3 months earlier in October 2011, the critically endangered Javan Rhino was declared extinct in Vietnam.

The biodiversity crisis in Southeast Asia has reached such a peak that this year the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) has joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Species Survival Commission (SSC) to launch the Southeast Asia Campaign.

The campaign will raise funds and awareness for the species of the region and Chester Zoo has pledged to raise €10,000. But we need your help!

Taking place on Saturday April 28th our symposium, part of Chester Zoo’s EAZA Campaign 2012 , will feature a day of talks, presentations and films, bringing together this international array of experts working on the frontline of conservation in Southeast Asia.

The event will focus on the amazing biodiversity of the region, conservation action for species such as rhinos and elephants and issues such as the illegal wildlife trade.

This event is a real ‘must’ for anyone interested in wildlife conservation, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.


Book Your Place

The symposium begins at 10:30am and tickets are £24 for members and concessions, £30 for the general public (including refreshments). Bookings must be made in advance.

To book please call 01244 650240.

For more information see our Southeast Asia Campaign page or email

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