A breeding colony of sand lizards Lacerta agilis first established at Marwell Zoo in 1989 has now led to the re-establishment of 26 populations of this rare reptile across the south of England.
The world faces a biodiversity crisis and conservation efforts are needed to protect species from extinction.
North East Africa is currently facing one of the worst droughts for decades. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this is due to one of the strongest El Niño effects ever experienced. El Niño is caused by warmer than usual water in parts of the Pacific Ocean, between South America and Australia, and creates unusually hot and stormy weather around the globe.
Conservation breeding programmes in zoos aim to retain genetic diversity of species through analysis of studbook based pedigree data.
Through an innovative awareness and fundraising approach, Marwell Wildlife is engaging businesses, schools and communities in support of conservation efforts for the endangered Grevy’s zebra in Kenya.