Alice is the project’s veterinary surgeon, providing veterinary expertise for both the ex-situ breeding centre and the in-situ field work. She is based at Highland Wildlife Park, where she is part of the RZSS veterinary team, responsible for the health and welfare of all the animals at the park.
Alice has provided veterinary services to in-situ wildlife conservation and research projects for the past ten years, mainly working on Scottish native species recovery projects. She was the veterinary advisor for Scottish Wildcat Action from 2015-2020 and has also worked on conservation projects as far afield as East Africa, Mongolia and Nepal.
Alice graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2009, where she also completed an MSc in Conservation Medicine in 2017 and is now an Honorary Research Fellow. Originally from Aberdeenshire, Alice worked in the Scottish Highlands and Islands as a general mixed practice veterinary surgeon for twelve years before joining RZSS in 2021.
Alice can usually be found up a mountain, in the forest, or in a kayak, where she enjoys the peace and privilege of observing Scotland’s native wildlife.
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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.