Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Mauritius kestrel. John Mauremootoo (Flickr)

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust works through field programmes, training and research, to save species from extinction. Durrell is world renowned in terms of its success and approach to species conservation. The Trust runs the well-known Jersey Zoo, and also carries out extensive conservation work.

Durrell focuses on the most threatened species in the most threatened areas globally. This includes focusing on islands, which are at high risk of species loss, and critical species, including amphibians, small mammals, primates, and birds of Southeast Asia.

Durrell uses a range of approaches to try and address underlying threats to target species. In its field programmes, its staff work closely with local groups and organisations, and they focus on community-led conservation work. They have developed a clear process of work in the field including conservation research, managing species, conserving habitats, empowering local people, strengthening local partners, and monitoring impacts. The Trust also carries out extensive conservation training and conducts research into key areas from species biology to conservation practices. Through its long term dedication to species conservation, Durrell has seen dramatic increases in target species populations. For example, following long-term work on the Mauritius Kestrel, its population increased from just 4 individuals in 1974 to 350 in 2010.

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