Public lecture: Scotland and its 21st Century Zoos
Oct 29, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||Eden Court, OneTouch Theatre, Inverness|
|Contact Name||Eden Court Box Office|
|Contact Phone||01463 234 234|
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This academic year, to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Edinburgh Zoo, the University of the
Highlands and Islands will be hosting a special “Our Guest” lecture in collaboration with the Royal
Zoological Society of Scotland.
Presented by Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland; Iain Valentine Director of the Giant Panda Project at the RZSS; and Douglas Richardson Head of Living Collections at the RZSS’s
Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig.
Chris West, Iain Valentine and Douglas Richardson hold three of the top positions within the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Each a dedicated conservationist and expert in their field, they will be asking - what does and should a 21st century zoo look like? What place do zoos have in the world today? And what is the future of zoos and conservation?
Chris will look at the future of zoos and conservation, while Iain will discuss the Giant Panda Project at Edinburgh Zoo. Douglas will focus on the RZSS commitment to Scottish native species conservation.
About the speakers…
Chris West has been the CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland since the summer of 2012. He is a trained vet and a leading authority on animal conservation, having worked around the world in this field. He is a passionate believer in the value of good zoos for society. Iain Valentine is a zoologist, conservationist and international panda expert. He’s the director of the Giant Panda Project at the RZSS and responsible for strategic innovations. Douglas Richardson has been the Head of Living Collections at the RZSS’s Highland Wildlife Park since 2008, having worked in zoos around the world and consulted on a range of conservation projects. Much of his career has focused on the husbandry of mammals, small population management and novel animal enclosure design.
This event is free and open to anyone.