21 April 2022

Lunchtime talk: Can museums help to save endangered rhinos and the ‘little dodo’?

Discover how Bristol’s historical animal collections are contributing to conservation efforts for the critically endangered Javan and Sumatran rhinos, and the enigmatic tooth-billed pigeon of Samoa.

Conservation of threatened species requires an evidence-based approach. However, when species have declined to only a handful of surviving individuals, it is often challenging to understand their environmental requirements. It is difficult to make informed decisions about how to save them.

Museum collections, and other historical archives, represent a unique source of information about past biodiversity. They are still rarely integrated, however, into modern planning. What new insights can nineteenth-century museum collections provide for conservation decision-making and management?

This lunchtime talk will explore how museum collections, including some of Bristol Museum’s unique animal specimens, have helped to understand the past distributions, environmental niches and ecological needs of today’s threatened animals.

They provide new insights that are helping to conserve some of the world’s rarest mammal and bird species.

Speaker: Professor Sam Turvey, conservation biologist based at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. His work focuses on using scientific research to guide the conservation of highly threatened species reduced to tiny surviving populations, with a focus on China, south-east Asia, and threatened island biodiversity

How to take part

This event is free and will be held online over Zoom. Please book your place below. Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

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Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 12pm on Thursday 21 April.

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