On Thursday 4th July Dr John Lewis, renowned wildlife vet and founder of Wildlife Vets International, will be guest speaker at the first in a series of evening conservation talks to be held at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
The talk, ‘Heading back to Russia by Dr John Lewis’, will focus on the plight of the Amur leopard and how efforts are developing to reintroduce the critically endangered species back into the wild. The evening will also feature a presentation from one of the Zoo’s carnivore keepers, giving an insight into behind the scenes as a zoo keeper and how they care for the animals.
Sarah Chapman, Head Vet, commented: “We’re really pleased John Lewis will be launching the start of our conservations talks. Known internationally for his veterinary work with Amur leopards, it will be great to hear firsthand accounts of his time working with them in the field. We’re very lucky to have him share his experiences with us.”
Twycross Zoo has supported Wildlife Vets International (WVI) for a number of years and the money that it provides goes towards the veterinary support scheme.
Sarah said: “We’re hopeful the Conservation Talks, which will carry a different theme each time, will become popular so we can continue to share the vital work being carried out by the projects we support through our Conservation Welfare Fund. They will also provide a great opportunity for our members to understand how they’re contributing to real life conservation work.”
Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, added: “Virtually extinct the critically endangered Amur leopard is one of the rarest species in the world, with fewer than 40 left in the wild. Twycross Zoo cares for a male and a female as part of the international breeding programme of the species.”
The talk will take place in the Zoo’s Windows on the Wild function suite and run from 7pm until 9pm with refreshments provided. The evening is £3 for Twycross Zoo members and £5 for none-members. Parking is free.
To book call 0844 474 1777.