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Conserving the Big Four

On Saturday 14th September we're hosting a special day of talks from orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger specialists.

Join us for a day of talks* about these four popular but threatened animals and hear about the frontline conservation work being carried out around the world to protect them.

The talks will be aimed at a general audience and so this event is a real ‘must’ for anyone interested in wildlife conservation!

You'll also hear about Chester Zoo’s current orangutan activities and how YOU can get involved.

This fundraising event is open to Chester Zoo members and non-members.



Tickets** are £18.50 for Chester Zoo members, students, concessions, and EAZA members, and £24 for others.

Due to the popularity of this event advanced booking is required.

Buy your tickets now



Time and Location

10.30am - 5pm (doors open at 10am). The talks will be held at Chester Zoo's Geraldine Russell Lecture Theatre (signposted by the roundabout on approach to the zoo).


Our Speakers Include

Orangutan conservation plenary speakers

Dr Marc Ancrenaz, Co-Director of Hutan - Kinabatangan orangutan Conservation Programme (KOCP)

Prof Serge Wich: Professor in Primate Biology, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Ian Singleton, Director of Conservation, PanEco - Sumatran orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)


Chester Zoo funded post graduate researchers

Katie Edwards (University of Liverpool) Chester Zoo black rhino reproductive hormone research, with Chester Zoo rhino keeper Helen Massey

Dr Chloe Inskip (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology) Human-tiger conflict in Bangladesh

Ben Buckley (University of Cambridge) Dispersal and ranging behaviour of male orangutans in Indonesia

Lizzie Webber (University of Stirling) African and Asian elephant calf development

The event is in support of DEFRA's If They're Gone campaign with all funds raised going towards Chester Zoo’s EAZA Campaign 2013.

If you have any questions about this event, please email


* Please note: the programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances
** Ticket price also includes tea/coffee/biscuits at refreshment breaks in the Lecture Theatre. Free entry into the zoo at lunch time is included. Lunch is not provided but please do visit the zoo’s cafes and restaurants, where you’ll find a great selection of food and drinks available for purchase. There are also picnic facilities available in the zoo.

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