Conservation Talk: 21st September

Twycross Zoo Conservation Talk

We’re delighted to welcome Greg Clifton our very own Senior Primate Keeper here at Twycross Zoo.

Greg will provide a glimpse into the life of two small primate species that live in the biologically diverse Colombia in South America. In addition to describing the threats to the cotton-top tamarin and the white-footed tamarin, Greg will highlight the work being done to conserve these species and encourage the local people to protect this rich habitat.

Date: Thursday 21st September 2017

Time: 7pm – 9pm; please arrive promptly for 6.45pm for refreshments, before the talk.

Suitable for: Adults and older teenagers

Location: Twycross Zoo – Windows on the Wild Conference and Meeting Room; which is accessed through the main zoo entrance – Himalaya

Free parking: Yes

Admission: Adults £3 for members, £5 for non-members (find out more about becoming a member)

Booking: Please book in advance – call: 01827 883 140, email: bookings@twycrosszoo.org, or in person (in advance): at Guest Services (we are currently unable to take online bookings for this event, or entry on the night).

Catering: Tea / coffee and biscuits are included in entry price.


More about the talk

Colombia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world due to its rich and varied flora and fauna however it also holds some of the most endangered primate’s species on the planet. Two species that live in this diverse place are the Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinius oedipus), which is under threat of becoming extinct in the wild and classed as Critically Endangered, and the White-footed Tamarin (Saguinus leucopus), which are classed as Endangered. This talk will underline the struggle and the problems they face on a daily basis, what actions have been taken in regards of conservation, welfare and linking the people of Colombia to its biodiversity and the issue this brings. As well as showcasing the remarkable work that has been done in other regions of South America in regards to other Callitrichid species.

More about your speaker

Greg has been a zoo keeper for the last 13 years and has also been involved with Proyecto Titi during this time. Proyecto Titi is a conservation organisation designed to provide useful information to assist in the long-term preservation of the cotton-top tamarin and to develop local community advocates promoting conservation efforts in Colombia. Greg’s passion for the Cotton-top tamarins started in 2005 when he became a trainee keeper at Stapeley Water Gardens – The Palms Tropical Oasis in Nantwich, Cheshire which held Cotton-top Tamarin for many years. Now as a senior primate keeper at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire he has taken on the role of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) advisor on conservation and fundraising for the cotton-top tamarin, as well as being a member of the Callitrichid taxon advisory group. He has become very much involved in the survival of the species and is committed to raising public awareness to the plight of the cotton-top tamarin.

How can you help?

If you would like to support the project, Greg will have some selected items available which you can purchase on the night. All of the proceeds from these will be going to Proyecto Tití. See the webpage to see what may be available http://www.proyectotiti.com/en-us/Shop

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