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10 07/10/2018

Conservation Symposium: Reaching Out

Putting communities at the heart of conservation

9.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday 7 October 2018

The wellbeing of people and ecosystems are inextricably linked. Increasing pressures on the natural world are pushing many species to the brink of extinction, while knowledge and appreciation of the flora and fauna that share our living space is decreasing rapidly, putting the future of wildlife in ever-greater jeopardy. Education and outreach activities are therefore crucial for the success of wildlife conservation and sustainable development programmes worldwide.

Chester Zoo supports over 80 conservation projects in 30 countries around the globe, many of which include education and community engagement as a key component. This year, twelve participants from a diverse range of projects will be visiting us and will share with YOU some of the amazing conservation success stories that they have been involved in. Join us for a day of inspiring talks from our field partners who are bringing communities closer to their local wildlife and empowering a new generation of conservationists.

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

Book online here


We will be welcoming speakers from our partner organisations as listed below, and are delighted to also be welcoming back wildlife TV presenter, veterinary surgeon and Act For Wildlife patron Steve Leonard as our guest host for the day. Please check back for further programme updates.

  • Elizabeth Tiambaine – Big Life Foundation, Kenya
  • Dr Ximena Velez-Liendo – Chester Zoo Research Fellow and Andean bear expert, Bolivia
  • Ade Imansayah – Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre, Indonesia
  • Luisa Rebecchini – ConMonoMaya A.C., Mexico
  • Ahbam Abulani & Nurfatihah Jumlin – HUTAN, Malaysia
  • Ligaya Tumbelaka – Indonesian Zoo & Aquarium Association (PKBSI), Indonesia
  • TBC – Institute for Conservation of Wild Animals (ICAS), Brazil
  • Mary Chris Piga Nierves – Katala Foundation Inc., Philippines
  • Liliana Meunier – Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius
  • Nona Diko – Tangkoko Conservation Education, Indonesia
  • Josie Bridges – Vincent Wildlife Trust, UK

Download the full programme here

Time & venue

9.00am - 5.00pm on Sunday 7 October at Chester Zoo's Lecture Theatre.


  Early Bird (ends August 31) Full Price
 Members, students, concessions & BIAZA members £24 £27
 All others £27 £30

The price of tickets includes:

  • Full day of talks from our experts
  • Lunch and two refreshment breaks including tea/coffee/biscuits in the Lecture Theatre
  • A complimentary ticket for the zoo valid on 6 October 2018

Book online here

We will be holding a raffle on the day in aid of our Act for Wildlife campaign, with 100% of funds going towards field conservation projects.

If you have any questions about this event, please email

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