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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Knapdale’s beavers boosted by successful reinforcement
Work to reinforce the population of beavers in Knapdale Forest in Argyll has come to a successful conclusion with the endangered species now more widespread and breeding throughout the area.
Record breeding year for critically endangered wildcats
We're celebrating a record breeding year after 57 wildcat kittens were born within the UK conservation breeding programme in 2020.