There are a number of ways you can get involved in supporting us at RZSS, from supporting a major project to helping enhance the conditions of our special animals at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
Some of our biggest programmes over the past few years, which your support has helped us deliver, include:
Our work to help combat the threat of the illegal wildlife trade has had a real impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond. We now have an RZSS scientist stationed in Jakarta, working with governments and agencies across Southeast Asia. We also have research and policy interactions with a number of African governments.
2015 marked the tenth anniversary of our involvement with the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda. One of the station’s key community projects is the ex-hunter scheme, which aims to dissuade local villagers from hunting while providing them with an alternative option for their livelihoods. Other research includes enhancing chimpanzee habitat protection in the face of forest degradation due to agricultural development; researching primate roots of human language; and gaining a better understanding of the causes and implications of the decline in fruiting trees within the reserve.
In 2009, RZSS took part in the groundbreaking Scottish Beaver Trial programme. This innovative project, which was delivered in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission Scotland, saw the UK’s first ever trial reintroduction of beavers back into the wild.