Twycross Zoo is delighted to announce that academic and TV science presenter Professor Alice Roberts has agreed to be the charity’s first Patron.
Sharon Redrobe, CEO at Twycross Zoo comments, “We are thrilled that Professor Alice Roberts has accepted to become Twycross Zoo’s first Patron. Our association comes at a very exciting time for the Zoo, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. Professor Roberts is recognised for her achievements in science and public engagement and will be a great ambassador for the Zoo and wildlife conservation.”
Professor Roberts says: “I am delighted to be the Patron of Twycross Zoo. It’s one of the best places to see our closest living relatives, the great apes, including orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. But Twycross Zoo is about much more than just keeping animals to look at. We can learn a lot about apes (and indeed ourselves) by studying them closely, but these animals are also under threat of extinction in their natural habitats. That’s why, alongside education and research, Twycross Zoo is strongly committed to conservation. Visiting the zoo, to see the primates and all the other animals there, helps to support the work of the zoo and raise funds for conservation projects.”
Professor Roberts is a clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented a range of programmes on BBC2 including Coast, Wild Swimming, The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. She is also to be heard occasionally on Radio 4. She has authored four popular science books about anatomy and human evolution, and writes a regular science column for The Observer. She is currently taking part in the Cheltenham Science Festival 2014.
Alice Roberts’ three-part series about prehistoric mammals, Ice Age Giants, will be repeated on BBC 2 starting this Sunday 8 June at 6pm.
Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00am to 6.00pm 31st March 2014 to 25th October 2014 and 10.00am to 5.00pm 26th October 2014 to 28th March 2015