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Ben Harrower

Conservation Programme Manager

Ben Harrower is the Conservation Programme Manager based at Edinburgh Zoo. His interests include the conservation of wildlife native to Scotland as well a particular interest in reptiles and amphibians. In his previous role Ben worked on herbivores, primarily deer and their impact on Scotland’s environment. He has been a registered bird ringer for over 10 years now and has been lucky enough to be involved with some of the rarest birds in Scotland.


His current RZSS programmes include:

  • * Scottish beavers - Knapdale reinforcement
  • * Native Invertebrates
  • * Natterjack toad
  • * African Amphibians
  • * The Pantanal - Giant armadillo project
  • * On-site biodiversity

Other areas of expertise include organising biological surveys, conservation project management and contract management. Managing field work and taking consideration to health and safety is one of his strengths, having a detailed knowledge on the risks associated with working in remote parts of Scotland.


Ben grew up in the Cairngorm National Park which allowed his interest in wildlife and the environment to grow. Wildcats, Golden Eagle and Capercaillie to name a few, could be found within a mile of the house he grew up in. Ben did his undergraduate degree at the University of Highlands and Islands in Sustainable Forest Management then went on to complete a Masters of Science at Aberdeen University. He has always had an interest in Herpetology and is passionate about doing more to preserve the global amphibian.


MSc Aberdeen University Forestry
BSc UHI Sustainable Forest Management