Adam works as an Experienced Invertebrate Keeper on the conservation team and is based at Highland Wildlife Park. His main focus is the conservation breeding programs for the pine hoverfly and the dark bordered beauty moth, predominantly centred on the husbandry and management of these species. Adam also assists with invertebrate surveys for these conservation priority species as part of the conservation department at RZSS.
Adam came to RZSS from Bristol Zoo where he spent 5 years working as an Experienced Invertebrate Keeper on the ectotherm team. He began his career working with invertebrates and other species at Shepreth Wildlife Park before moving to Bristol Zoo to further this interest and specialise in invertebrate work. Adam has worked with a range of exotic species and conservation projects including partula snails, desertas wolf spiders, desertas Snails, medicinal leeches and Lord Howe Island stick insects. He has developed an interest in understanding of invertebrate conservation through his career, especially with native species and the significant impact that conservation work can have on these species.
Adam is an avid tabletop gamer, enjoying miniature painting and gaming during his down time. He also enjoys exploring and looking at wildlife, so living in Scotland is a great opportunity for this. Adam has been keeping invertebrates for a long time; he designs enclosures and looks after of a range of invertebrate species in his free time as there is still so much to learn about them it is incredibly interesting.
BSC Zoo Biology (Nottingham Trent University)
Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA)
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.