Dr Johanna Rode-Margono

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Field Programme Coordinator, South East Asia

The conservation role of modern zoos is not only to breed threatened species in captivity, but also to make a more direct contribution to saving their wild relatives as well as their natural habitat. In role as the field programme coordinator for South East Asia, I try to make sure that the zoo’s expertise, whether it is husbandry and breeding, veterinary skills, education, research, fundraising or general project management, are effectively used to enhance our projects on the ground.

To strengthen the connection between the zoo and the wild, Chester Zoo has additionally started an active partnership with the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist, for whom I work 50% of my time.

I started my career in education, holding a degree in primary school teaching, but have changed my focus to wild animals. In my Bachelor, Master and PhD degree I have studied the behaviour, ecology and conservation of highly threatened and nocturnal primates that have not been studied in detail before. This reflects my main interest in species lesser known to the public and science. This passion is now satisfied with conservation projects on species like the babirusa, anoa, banteng or Indonesian warty pigs.

Partners and Collaborators

  • IUCN Species Survival Commission Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission Wild Pig Specialist Group

Key publications

Rademaker, M., Meijaard, E., Semiadi, G., Blokland, S., Neilson, E. W., & Rode-Margono, E. J. (2016). First Ecological Study of the Bawean Warty Pig (Sus blouchi), One of the Rarest Pigs on Earth. PLoS One, 11(4), e0151732.

Rode-Margono, E. J., Schwitzer, C., & Nekaris, K. A. I. (2016). 12 Morphology, behaviour, ranging patterns and habitat use of the northern giant mouse lemur Mirza zaza in Sahamalaza, northwestern Madagascar. The Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar: Biology, Behavior and Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogaleidae, 73, 235.

Rode-Margono, J. E., & Nekaris, K. (2015). Cabinet of curiosities: venom systems and their ecological function in mammals, with a focus on primates. Toxins, 7(7), 2639-2658.

Rodeā€Margono, E. J., Nekaris, K., Kappeler, P. M., & Schwitzer, C. (2015). The largest relative testis size among primates and aseasonal reproduction in a nocturnal lemur, Mirza zaza. American journal of physical anthropology, 158(1), 165-169.

Rode-Margono, E. J., & Nekaris, K. A. I. (2014). Impact of climate and moonlight on a venomous mammal, the Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus Geoffroy, 1812). Contributions to zoology, 83(4).

Rode-Margono, E. J., Blokland, S., Zahra, S., Rademaker, M., Semiadi, G. (2016). Crop raiding and local people`s attitudes on Bawean island, Indonesia, with a focus on the Endangered Bawean warty pigs (Sus blouchi), Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 5:1, 16-24.

Projects I'm involved in

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