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10 07/10/2017

Trade Off - Annual Conservation Symposium

Together we can wipe out illegal wildlife trade

We’re putting the spotlight on this lucrative international crime and highlighting the devastating impact it’s having on threatened species, what’s being done to prevent it and how we can all help to make a difference.

9.15am - 3.15pm, Saturday 7 October 2017

The world is currently dealing with an unprecedented rise in illegal wildlife trade. It is one of the greatest direct threats to the future of many of the world’s most iconic species. The illegal wildlife trade affects thousands of species that are often already highly threatened and in danger of extinction.

Ivory seized in Malaysia, credit TRAFFIC
Ivory seized in Malaysia. Photo credit: TRAFFIC.

We're putting the spotlight on this lucrative international crime to highlight the devastating impact it's having on threatened species, what's being done to prevent it and how we can all help to make a difference.

Join us for a day of inspiring talks from experts working around the world; discover what they’re doing in the face of these current challenges and how they are planning to tackle the problems of tomorrow.

This event is for anyone with an interest in wildlife and conservation. 

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09:00 – 09:15 Registration
09:15 – 09:25 Housekeeping & welcome – Dr Simon Dowell (Chester Zoo)
09:25 – 09:35 Introduction from guest host – Steve Leonard (wildlife TV presenter, veterinary surgeon and Act For Wildlife patron)
09:35 – 10:05 Supply to demand: the many dimensions and complexities of the illegal wildlife trade - Nafeesa Esmail (University of Oxford)
10:05 – 10:35 The trade, trafficking and conservation of pangolins - Carly Waterman (IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group)
10:35 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 11:30 Online orchid fever: the use of internet by traders and buyers in the international orchid trade – Dr Amy Hinsley (University of Oxford)
11:30 – 12:00 Mapping illegal trade in rhino horn - Aron White (Environmental Investigation Agency)
12:00 – 12:45 LUNCH
12:45 – 13:15 The dangers of being cute: the impact of social media on illegal trade of rare mammals – Professor Anna Nekaris (Oxford Brookes University)
13:15 – 14:00 From Kukila to the Asian songbird crisis – Andrew Owen (Chester Zoo) and Professor Stuart Marsden (Manchester Metropolitan University)
14:00 – 14:20 BREAK
14:20 – 14:50 The work of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit – Andy McWilliam (National Wildlife Crime Unit)
14:50 – 15:15 Sum up, raffle and close
15:15 – 16:30 Entry to the zoo with drop-in activities

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Find out how YOU can get involved and help the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

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

Time & venue

9.15am - 3.15pm (doors open 9am) on Saturday 7 October at Chester Zoo's Lecture Theatre.


  Normal Price
 Members, students, concessions & BIAZA members £24
 All others £30

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The price includes:

  • Full day of talks from our experts
  • Free entry into the zoo after the event
  • Lunch and two refreshment breaks including tea/coffee/biscuits 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.

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

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

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