Conservation Symposium

Annual Conservation Symposium

Join the dots: Connecting wildlife, habitats and people

10-5pm, Saturday 15 October 2016

UPDATE: Sorry, this event is now sold out.

Climate change, habitat fragmentation and a disengaged human population are some of the biggest conservation challenges today.

How do we maintain biodiversity, reconnect crucial habitat and engage people with the environment? These questions have never been so critical.

Join us for a day of talks from the experts and find out what they are doing in the face of these current challenges and how they are planning to tackle the problems of tomorrow.   

Speakers include

Guest host: TV wildlife presenter, veterinary surgeon and Act for Wildlife patron Steve Leonard

Hugh Warwick, Hedgehog-loving Ecologist and Author

Dr Stephen Willis, Reader in the school of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University

Jim Foster, Conservation Director, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation

Dan Bradbury, Head of Development, World Land Trust

Dr Rebecca Jefferson, Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB

Simon Husson, Co-Director, Borneo Nature Foundation

Manon Keir, Wildlife Connections Project Officer, Chester Zoo

Scott Wilson, Head of Field Programmes, Chester Zoo

Hear about our current Wildlife Connections campaign and find out how YOU can get involved.

Please note: the programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Time & venue

10am - 5pm (doors open 9.30am) on Saturday 15 October at Chester Zoo's Lecture Theatre.


UPDATE: Sorry, this event is now sold out.

  Normal Price
 Members, students, concessions & BIAZA/EAZA members £20
 All others £25

The price includes:

  • Full day of talks from our experts
  • Free entry into the zoo at lunch time*
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits during two refreshment breaks in the Lecture Theatre

Any funds raised from this event will go towards our Act for Wildlife campaign with 100% going towards field conservation projects.

Please check this page for any updates. If you have any questions about this event, please email

*Lunch is not included but please do visit our cafes and restaurants, where you’ll find a great selection of food and drinks available for purchase. There are also picnic facilities throughout the zoo.

Hedgehog image © Paul Williams_Iron Ammonite Photography

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