Jo joined the RZSS in 2000 as an animal keeper. After specialising in birds she became Animal Registrar in 2007, with responsibility for the animal records database. This is still a part of her day to day work, but through this, an interest in population management developed and she is now responsible for one European Endangered Species Breeding Programme and one European Studbook and is Penguin TAG vice-chair on behalf of RZSS and EAZA.
Jo's research is pertinent to the successful management of RZSS studbook populations.
- M.Sc. (University of Edinburgh, UK) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
- M.A. (Cambridge University, UK)
- EEP coordinator for the Red-fronted macaw (Ara rubrogenys)
- ESB studbook keeper for the Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)
- Core group member: BIAZA Records group
- EAZA Penguin TAG vice-chair
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Ocean voyagers - the travels of northern rockhopper penguins across the high seas
In addition to caring for these charismatic ambassadors for their species, here at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) we have a vital role to play in protecting the remaining wild population of northern rockhopper penguins which are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Nature of Scotland award for Scottish Beavers
The Scottish Beavers project is the proud winner of a Nature of Scotland award! A timely celebration for the ten-year anniversary of this work, which is led via a partnership between RZSS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT).