Scott Wilson

Head of Field Programmes

  • Qualifications BSc MSc
  • Focus area
  • Location
    Africa Latin America Madagascar and the Mascarenes South Asia South East Asia UK & Europe

Chester Zoo has a large well established, and growing, portfolio of field conservation projects in the U.K. and priority biodiversity hotspots worldwide.

As Head of Field Programme the role of my team is to manage these projects in collaboration with our network of partners, to develope new opportunities to protect species and habitats, and to work closely with other Chester Zoo teams to ensure we utilise our skills and opportunities to maximise conservation impact.

I joined the zoo’s conservation team in 2001 and have been privileged to be involved in the exciting period of growth in regards to zoo involvement in field conservation, and Chester Zoo’s particular role as a leading zoo in this area.

I am also Chair of the BIAZA Field Programmes Committee and a member of the EAZA Conservation Committee.

Key publications

Wilson S., Davies T.E., Hazarika, N., Zimmermann, A.. 2015 Understanding spatial and temporal patterns of human–elephant conflict in Assam, India. Oryx 49(1) 140-149.

Davies, T.E., Wilson, S., Hazarika, N., Chakrabarty, J., Das, D., Hodgson, D.J. & Zimmerman, A.. 2011. Effectiveness of intervention methods against crop-raiding elephants. Conservation letters 4(5) 346-354.

Tatman, S., Ambrose, M., Bird, S., Wilson, S. 2012. Dispersal since re-introduction and movements of individual animals between nest boxes by Muscardinus avellanarius – A preliminary study. Peckiana. 8, 197-202.