The natural world is changing at an extremely fast pace, with biodiversity loss, climate change and global pandemics. Science education has never been more important. Inspiring, engaging and enabling young people to take action for conservation is key to a brighter future.

Have you always dreamed of working in conservation, but don’t know where to start? Then our careers in conservation event is for you!

After an incredible summer celebrating the Olympics in Tokyo, here in Britain the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums are handing out gold, silver and bronze to some of the very best projects among zoo conservation in their annual awards.

Plant expert and Chester Zoo partner Joshua Styles hasn’t been slowed by the turbulent year of 2020.

Chester Zoo uses science in many countries around the world to conserve species in their natural habitats, this is known as in-situ conservation and at the same time we work here at the zoo and this is known as ex-situ conservation. By combining in-situ and ex-situ techniques we work towards our ultimate goal of preventing extinction.

There are many scientific studies that can help us better understand the animals in our care here at the zoo and those we are trying to conserve in the field, four of these studies are researching environmental conditions, animal behaviour, hormones and genetics.

We’ve put together this guide to using some of our science learning resources for you to use with your class.

Access to technology allows our conservation and science teams to better understand animals, their habitats and the threats they face in the wild. Without vital data from our field projects, our mission to prevent extinction is dramatically hindered.