Durrell Conservation Academy

Durrell Conservation Academy


Great news, we are now accepting applications for our popular Zoo Internship Programme. If you are interested in furthering your knowledge in both captive animal care and conservation, then we could be a perfect fit for you. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with threatened species and improve your future employment opportunities. Find out more about the training you can receive and fill in the application form online at our Durrell Conservation Academy site https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=6
¡Queremos compartirles una excelente noticia! Nuestra CEO Monica Franco, se encuentra en Jersey (Islas del Canal), gracias a una beca que obtuvo para realizar el curso de manejo de especies en peligro de extinción en Durrell Conservation Academy. Le deseamos lo mejor en este curso y la esperamos pronto para aplicar los nuevos conocimientos en conservación desde nuestra fundación.

We have great news to share with you all!
Our CEO, Monica Franco, is in Jersey (Channel Islands) thanks to a scholarship she obtained to take an Endangered Species Management course at Durrell Conservation Academy. We wish her the best in this course, and we await her return so that she can apply her new knowledge to our non-profit organisation.
💡Developing Capacity for Strategic Conservation!💡
Nature conservation around the world is becoming more complex due to increasing threats and limited resources. To manage this complexity better and to increase effectiveness of conservation projects and programs, nature conservation management organizations are transitioning to an adaptive management approach. As FPNA is embarking on its new direction as a conservation management organization, its sustainability ambition for the natural world is for a diverse, healthy, and resilient natural ecosystems. To reach this FPNA has to adapt its conservation approach to be more strategic and effective, aligned with modern conservation standards used around the world.
Today, the Conservation Team of FPNA completed an intense weeklong training facilitated by Durrell Conservation Academy - in Jersey (UK) - on Planning and Managing Effective Conservation Projects using Conservation Standards, a project management tool applied by professional conservation management organizations and funders around the world. The Conservation Team of FPNA is eager to implement this project management tool to be able to conserve the natural values, both now and on the long term, within the dynamic environment, to give value through improved ecosystem services, and to create support by mobilizing resources for sustained conservation.

💡Desaroyando Capacidad pa Conservacion Strategico!💡
Rond di mundo conservacion di naturalesa ta birando mas compleho door di menasanan creciente y recursonan limita, pa maneha e complehidad aki miho y pa hisa e efectividad di programa y proyectonan di conservacion, organisacionan di conservacion y maneho ta den transicion pa un maneho mas adaptabel. FPNA ta embarca su direccion nobo como un organisacion di conservacion y maneho, su ambicion di sostenibilidad pa e mundo natural ta pa ecosistemanan diverso, saludabel, y resiliente, pa logra esaki FPNA mester adapta su manera di haci conservacion pa uno mas strategico y efectivo, alinea cu standardnan di conservacion modern cu ta wordo uza rond mundo.
Awe e Team di Conservacion di FPNA a completa un curso intenso di un siman facilita pa Durrell Conservation Academy – situa na Jersey (Gran Britania) - riba Planifiacion y Maneho Efectivo di Proyecto di Conservacion uzando Conservation Standards, un herment pa maneha proyecto uza pa mayoria organisacion di conservacion y financiado rond mundo. E Team di Conservacion di FPNA ta ansioso pa implementa e herment pa maneha proyecto aki pa por conserva e balornan natural, tanto awor como tambe na largo plaso, den e ambiente dinamico, pa duna balor door di mehora e servicio cu ecosistemanan ta brinda, y pa crea sosten pa mobilisa recursonan pa conservacion sostenibel.
We are really pleased Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust invited us to present our work at the Durrell Conservation Academy this week. Our founder, Robin Witt, explained the importance of linking conservation activities and women’s empowerment to students of the Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate (DESMAN).

The 12 week course equips conservation professionals with a complete range of skills to maximise their effectiveness at managing or participating in conservation projects. Robin received great feedback and hopes his thought-provoking words will shape the work of these conservationists.

You can learn more about our unique approach in our Guide ‘Supporting Community & Ecosystem Health’.

Apply now ➡️ Endangered Species Recovery | 16 - 20 May | ONLINE

A unique, specially designed course, delivered by world-renowned experts and scientists in the field of Endangered Species Recovery. This five-day, online interactive learning experience introduces the issues and practical skills involved in saving threatened species from extinction. You will develop a critical understanding of biodiversity conservation, the issues it raises and how they may be addressed, as well as practical research skills to inform conservation action.

Learn more: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9
Who doesn’t love planning?! Particularly for conservation projects and programmes, where focusing our efforts, evaluating our impact and adapting our management practices can ensure greater success for people and wildlife. That’s why we have just spent five days introducing our team to the , developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership.
A truly fun week all round! Thanks Kaysie Ryan for representing the team's new found love for planning :-)
Hello everyone!

My peers and I are studying the MSc/MRes Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation course at Nottingham Trent University. Following the MV Wakashio oil spill last year we decided to set up a fundraiser called the 'Master's for Mauritius' in order to raise money to help Durrell save the wildlife. Currently, we have raised £660, however, we would love your help to reach our goal of £1000 by the 12th of May. You can help us to help Durrell by either donating to our Just Giving page, which is open until the 12th of May (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/masters-mauritius) or participate in our raffle (https://gyfters.com/masters-for-mauritius-durrell-wildlife-conservation-trust-charity-raffle/) which runs until the 1st of April. If you want more information please follow our page.

Any donations, likes or shares will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much! https://www.facebook.com/groups/masters4mauritius
We are excited to announce the top 4 entries to the Durrell Conservation Academy's 'Conservation in Action’ Photograph Competition! 📸🌱

The competition was open to all graduates of the academy as a chance to showcase their important work in the field.

The winning photograph was taken by Mustafa Hassanali in Madagascar and shows him training Village Game Scouts on the use of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool). SMART enables conservationists to collect, store, communicate and evaluate data collected by rangers on their patrols to better manage protected areas and find hotspots for illegal activity.

Second place goes to Mukhlisin Abdullah whose powerful image features Mukhlisin carrying an orangutan. This photo was taken by a colleague at the Jantho Orangutan Reintroduction Station in Sumatra. Many orangutans at the station are orphaned, so the staff work to help teach orangutans to be independent while in the forest. 🦧

Third place goes to Henri Rakotosalama whose photo was taken at Beaboaly-Baly Bay National Park. It shows Henri explaining the biology of ploughshare tortoise to local schoolchildren and teachers visiting the site. 🐢

Fourth place goes to Kanchana Weerakoon whose photo was taken in New Delhi during her class where children get to explore nature.

Well done to everyone who took part! 👏
🐝 Short Course Alert! 🐝

Do you want to expand your knowledge about endangered species conservation? This compact & fascinating shore course may be for you!

The Durrell Conservation Academy's Endangered Species Recovery course is a five-day, online course that covers theory and practical skills involved in saving threatened species.

The course includes live webinars, small group discussions, quizzes, and so much more!

📆Start date: 19th April 2021
💰£450 per course

👉Follow this link to learn more! http://ow.ly/gUro50D647H
🐝 Short Course Alert! 🐝

Are you looking for a compact & fascinating course? Do you want to expand your knowledge about endangered species conservation?

Then check out the Durrell Conservation Academy Endangered Species Recovery course! This five-day, online course covers theory and practical skills involved in saving threatened species. Join live webinars, small group discussions, quizzes, and so much more!

Start date: 4th December 2020

Follow this link to sign up! https://bit.ly/3jU61fl
Update on proposed new GCSE in the UK...
❗TRAINING ALERT: Endangered Species Recovery ❗

Are you an aspiring or early-stage conservationist on the hunt for quality training?

The renowned Durrell Conservation Academy is launching a new 5-day online course on Endangered Species Recovery, delivered by world-experts in the field!

This course includes live, expert-led webinars, group discussions, activities and individual work, with small group sizes to ensure you get one-to-one support when needed. You’ll connect with Jersey Zoo’s famous captive breeding projects via virtual tours and learn first-hand about Durrell’s successful recovery programs worldwide, bringing critically endangered species like the Madagascar pochard back from the brink!

This course begins on the 7th of September 2020; secure your spot today! >> https://bit.ly/2O8M9XE
📷 Durrell Conservation Academy

World leaders in conservation capacity development It was officially opened by our Patron, the Princess Royal, and our Founder, Gerald Durrell, in 1984.

Durrell Conservation Academy began as the 'International Training Centre for the Conservation and Captive Breeding of Endangered Species' situated at the headquarters of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. It was renamed 'Durrell Conservation Academy' in honour of our Founder in 2012. Jersey remains HQ for our training delivery, in 2013 we established a second training base in Mauritius

Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: A Shared Future 26/09/2023

You're invited! Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: A Shared Future on 12-13 October 2023, London.

Join Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey Overseas Aid and speakers from conservation and development organisations across the world, for two-days of thought-provoking talks delving into the shared future of biodiversity conservation and rural livelihoods. For more information and to register, visit:

Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: A Shared Future Join Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Jersey Overseas Aid for a conference on biodiversity conservation and rural livelihoods.


Huge CONGRATULATIONS on the success of the auction which raised an amazing £720, 500!

Amazing effort and generosity and all for a great cause - well done everyone!

⭐️ We’ve raised an incredible £720,500 tonight! ⭐️

🐢 Our tortoise sculptures will be heading off to their new homes, and the money raised will go towards building new improved and more sustainable facilities for reptiles and amphibians at Jersey Zoo.

💚 We’re ab-shell-outely delighted by everyone’s generosity and support, tonight at the auction and throughout .


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Vincent Ayang took part in our DESMAN course in 2022 and was the recipient of the 2022 Gorilla Guardian Scholarship. Since returning to Nigeria, Vincent has been busy, and is celebrating ‘World Gorilla Day’ with us today. Here is what he had to say about how the DESMAN course has allowed him to contribute to conservation more effectively.

“It was good to connect with and share experiences with fellow participants from eight different countries and the amazing Durrell team that made our stay so rewarding. With the DESMAN course, my knowledge on biodiversity conservation improved and I was able to strengthen my communication and leadership skills which has helped with the management of my team of 14 community rangers. This knowledge has positively impacted on my work on biomonitoring of wildlife, particularly the Cross River gorilla. My stakeholder engagement skills has improved and I am now better equipped to engage with and manage relevant stakeholders such as the Cross River State Forestry Commission, local communities and other NGOs that are part of the work I do.

Also, after completing the population monitoring/planning and managing project course I am now better enabled to plan and manage conservation projects and my ability to use tech-based tools for wildlife monitoring has improved; I have transferred much of this knowledge to the community rangers. Recently, one of our camera traps we installed captured a baby gorilla and her mother which means our gorillas and other wildlife are thriving”


Our DESMAN (Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate) course is award-winning and validated by the University of Kent. If you are looking to gain more knowledge and experience to help you further your conservation potential then find out more by following the link: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=23 and apply now for 2024!

To find out more about WCS follow the link: https://www.wcs.org/


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Today we are celebrating World Gorilla Day by talking to previous DESMAN participant, Vincent Ayang, who was the recipient of the 2022 Gorilla Guardian Scholarship.

Vincent Ayang is the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Project Manager for Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Nigeria. We asked him about what is involved in his role there (see post).

Speaking about the DESMAN course before he arrived at Durrell Conservation Academy he said “The DESMAN course will sharpen my knowledge on biodiversity conservation and improve my relational and leadership skills helping me improve my work on biomonitoring and liaison roles upon my return. The project management lessons will be invaluable in managing 13 eco-guards whom I currently supervise. I am also excited about learning emerging conservation technologies and data analysis methods during the course. I also look forward to building new professional relationships which could potentially form formidable partnerships in the future”.


Our DESMAN (Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate) course is award-winning and validated by the University of Kent. If you are looking to gain more knowledge and experience to help you further your conservation potential then find out more by following the link: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=23 and apply now for 2024!

To find out more about the work at WCS follow the link: https://www.wcs.org/



Do you know of any early-career conservationists who need funding to support their work conserving the natural world?

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is now accepting applications for our 2024 Team Awards.

You don’t need to have an academic background, as long as you can demonstrate a commitment to and knowledge about your species.

We are particularly encouraging applications from marginalised groups including but not limited to indigenous peoples, women and gender nonconforming individuals, people living in the community where the project is based and those working on data-deficient species. If you are the beginning of your conservation career (less than 5 years paid experience) – we want to support you!

Future Conservationist Awards are worth up to $15,000 each and past recipients of CLP Team Awards can also apply for a Follow-Up Award (worth up to $25,000).

The application deadline is 10 October, 2024.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria and detailed application guidelines, please visit our website https://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/ .

Applications must be submitted via the online platform (potential applicants will need to register to be able to complete the application form). Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


📣 Don’t miss out! 📣

⭐️ The deadline to apply for our Future Conservationists 2023 course is Monday 25 September.

💚 It's the perfect opportunity for anyone aged 16-18 who loves nature and likes the idea of making a difference!

🐾 Choose between the 3-day course based at Jersey Zoo or the longer online course which you can join from anywhere in the world. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to begin your journey towards a career in conservation.

👇 Apply now



At Durrell, all of our programmes practice evidence based adaptive management. A globally popular approach, the Conservation Standards are being adopted at a global scale, with organisations such as WWF, WCS, The Nature Conservancy, the Jane Goodall Institute and many more, all advocating for its use.

No matter your background or expertise, project planning is a crucial skill important for anyone passionate about achieving a lasting conservation impact, so seize the opportunity and train with us now!

The course is led by Catherine Payne, a certified Conservation Coach, who is passionate and experienced in using and teaching Conservation Standards and adaptive management.

Find out more about the course and about Catherine’s work by downloading the leaflet here: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=42

You can read more about the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation here:



Please join us in welcoming the new Autumn 2023 DESMAN course participants. They have travelled from various places across the globe - Indonesia, Singapore, Madagascar, UK, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Philippines and Oman - to study with us for 12 weeks. We are already on Week 2 and look forward to the learning opportunities ahead!

Our DESMAN (Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate) course is award-winning and validated by the University of Kent. To find out more follow the link: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=23 and apply now for 2024!



This year we are asking our Alumni to pick their favourite Alumni Photo from the amazing 5 finalists. To add your vote head to the private Durrell Learning Network Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/199959050121085/and help one of our fellow Alumni win the £250 prize.

If you are a graduate, but haven't joined the private group yet, then do it today and keep up to date with all the opportunities and events open to our graduates. All you need to do is tell us what course you took with us and what year.



Do you want to ensure that your conservation actions have a lasting impact? A fundamental aspect of species conservation and community well-being is ensuring you can plan and implement an effective strategy. With adaptive planning and management this is entirely possible. In our five-day introduction to conservation planning, we use case studies and interactive group work to learn and practice 5 simple steps to help you design, manage and monitor projects sustainably and successfully.


You can read more about the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation here:


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Did you know that the Mountain Chicken Frog is native only to Dominica and Montserrat and is critically endangered? Read below to find out what the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in partnership with Monserrat National Trust and the Government of Montserrat's Department of Environment are doing to help.

🐸 The disease chytridiomycosis has wiped out over 90% of wild mountain chicken frogs on Montserrat and Dominica. 🐸

🌿 In Montserrat, we are working alongside the Montserrat National Trust and the Government of Montserrat's Department of Environment to bring this frog species back from the brink through intensive management of their health and habitat.

💚 This work is part of our wider global programme, Saving Amphibians from Extinction (SAFE). Durrell also co-ordinates the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, a large partnership involving many people within institutions in the UK and the Caribbean.

👇 Learn more about our work this https://www.durrell.org/conservation/species/mountain-chicken-frog/



We are excited to introduce one of our newest members of academy staff, Teesha Baboorun, our new Training Coordinator of the DCT team in Mauritius.

Teesha has lots of field experience in conservation projects, previously working as a CEPF project leader and as the assistant conservation officer on the biodiversity hotspot Silhouette Island in the Seychelles. She has also been part of the MWF team working on birds (Shrike, pigeon and Passerine) and Flora project as coordinator. In addition, Teesha is also the TAFO MIHAAVO network technical guide and facilitator in Alaotra Mangoro.

Are you based in the South-Western Indian Ocean islands or related conservation contexts and would like to get involved? Then take a look at our 2024 Mauritian Island Restoration Internship, deadline October 2023.




Are you an early career conservation professional based in the SW Indian Ocean islands? Do you want to experience “on-the-job" training while supporting the ongoing island restoration work on the Mauritian offshore islets? Then the 2024 Mauritian Island Restoration Internship could be for you.

Here is an example of the type of work you could be involved with:

- Learn a wide variety of population monitoring techniques, such as Capture Mark Recapture using photo identification or micro-chipping.

- Monitoring and managing the use of analogue species, such as Aldabran tortoises, to restore degraded ecosystems.

- Restore populations or enhance current ones, for example, enhancing the sea-bird community on Round Island by using decoys and vocalisation techniques.

In addition to emailing your CV and covering letter, please complete and return the application form here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=ykcpd7GcaEak9PCVTtFoa5Yf00iw5vdHmEApW9fycDZUOVQwM0UyMlhWSDdLMDFXM09OQ0E5WU1SQS4u or scan the QR code.

Download the leaflet here:https://training.durrell.org/pluginfile.php/415/mod_label/intro/MIRI%20leaflet.pdf



Only 3 more days and minimal spaces left on our Endangered Species Recovery course. If you’re on the fence about applying, listen to what previous course participant, Andrew, had to say about his experience.

Apply now: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9



Are you thinking about signing up for our Endangered Species Recovery Course starting next week? There are a few spaces left so here is what to expect, day to day on our 5 day, online course.

If you are ready to take the next step in your conservation career, then apply now: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9



Not long left to submit your photos and be in the running to win £250!

Have you taken the winning shot? Submit your photos now to [email protected]
Don't forget the caption!

For further information and T&Cs go to https://shorturl.at/ctxA4



Our Endangered Species Recovery Course is right around the corner! Don’t just take it from us - hear what previous course participants, James and Miranda, had to say about our ESR Course in this short video!

If this sounds like something you’d also like to be a part of, apply now!



Did you know that SOCP in Sumatra have an incredible programme where injured or orphaned orangutans are rescued from the field, rehabilitated in captivity and trained for release back into the wild?

However, not all orangutans are suitable for release but a new, long-term home ‘The Haven’ will allow them to live out their days in a conservation focussed facility.

Arista Ketaren works as Senior Keeper for SOCP in Sumatra and attended our DESMAN course in 2020. This course offers the unique training needed to make this kind of work possible, without which, the story could be very different.

We look forward to sharing more about the incredible work taking place for this important species in the near future.

To find out more about our DESMAN course visit: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=23



Only 3 more weeks until our Endangered Species Recovery course begins!

Spaces are limited so apply now to avoid missing out!

Apply here: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9



This month we are inviting our graduates to share their experience of the conservation world via the medium of photography. The winner will receive £250!

You have till 1st September to submit a maximum of 3 photos, fulfilling either of the photo briefs below. You must include a thoughtful caption with every photo. Please send your entries to [email protected] and remember to say what course you attended.

Alumni will get a chance to vote for their favourite photo. The vote will take place on the private Alumni group the Durrell Learning Network in September. So if you haven't joined the group yet, do so now https://www.facebook.com/groups/199959050121085

For further information and T&Cs go to https://shorturl.at/ctxA4



Our Endangered Species Recovery Course allows you to create connections with and learn from professionals in conservation worldwide. Alongside your learning you will have the opportunity to participate in live question and answer sessions with these professionals and hear about their work in the field.

Apply now!



The 2024 Mauritian Island Restoration Internship is a unique, one year programme starting from June, that will combine ‘on the job’ and classroom-based training.

The internship is specifically open to early-career conservation professionals (over 21) from Mauritius, the South-Western Indian Ocean islands or related conservation contexts. You will be fully supported through your learning to allow you to be even more effective in your current and future roles in conservation. It also includes a monthly stipend.

Application deadline: October 2023

Find out more and apply here: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=6§ion=4 -tree-start


Is it you we are looking for?

Are you looking to start a career in conservation but are lacking the experience you need to get started. Why not consider an internship at Jersey Zoo. The red-billed chough Voluntary Internship is a unique opportunity to work on an established UK reintroduction programme gaining valuable field skills, whilst also honing your captive threatened bird husbandry skills alongside experts at Jersey Zoo.

• Are you available between September 2023 and August 2024?
• Do you have a full driving license and are over 21?

Find out more about our Internship Programme here https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=6

Together We Heal Our Planet 02/08/2023

"We stand at a crossroads. Our planet suffers because of us."

Tom Amey, one of the Directors for Ecosystem Impact, and a DESMAN course graduate of 2022, has worked with his team in Sumatra to create this emotive and inspiring video about their work to protect and restore our precious planet.

"Bangkaru and Simeulue Islands are of global significance for their biodiversity. They offer one of the last refuges and nesting sites for critically endangered sea turtles as well as several of the world’s rarest bird and primate species. At we are on a mission to protect these islands and to share our solutions-based approach with the world."

Together We Heal Our Planet EcosystemImpact Foundation and āluān*Credits:Wildlife and Simeulue and Bangkaru scenery thanks to Paul Hilton Photo and Alex Westover. Music by MUSIC4VIDEO



Are you someone interested in conservation work? Do you want to learn more about endangered species and biodiversity conservation? Then our Endangered Species Recovery Course might be for you!

Not long to go, so sign up now to avoid missing out!

Download the leaflet to find out more: https://training.durrell.org/pluginfile.php/347/mod_label/intro/Online%20ESR%20Leaflet.pdf

Apply here: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9

Photos from Durrell Madagascar's post 01/08/2023


Tag your friend to say thank you and well done!!

Conservationists around the world work in a range of challenging situations to protect our beautiful planet, but the reality of such work can often have a dark side not often discussed, and not nearly appreciated enough. Today, on World Ranger Day, we celebrate those who make regular sacrifices and risks to protect the planet’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Celebrate your friends and colleagues working to achieve this by tagging them here and saying a big thank you and well done!

Watch this video and find out more about the International Ranger Federation here: https://www.internationalrangers.org/world-ranger-day/

Climate co-benefits of tiger conservation - Nature Ecology & Evolution 29/07/2023

Happy Global Tiger Day! There are many wonderful reasons to be celebrating this majestic creature, and we’ve chosen to celebrate new research that indicates how conserving tigers can simultaneously address the rising impact of climate change. Explore Nature Ecology & Evolution’s recent publication to learn more https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-023-02069-x

Did you know that there are an estimated 31 tigers left in Manas National Park in India? In the Terai grasslands, these tigers live alongside other threatened endemics, including key species which Durrell has been working hard to save from extinction, such as pygmy hogs, Bengal florican, and the special grasslands in which they survive. Durrell has been working in Assam since the 1970s, as we believe in long-term commitment to conservation actions. We love sharing our approach to conservation, which is why at Durrell Conservation Academy, we embed this wealth of knowledge into many of our expert-led training courses, particularly our Endangered Species Recovery course and DESMAN graduate certificate. Find out more about these and other professional development opportunities on our website https://shorturl.at/aivCJ

Climate co-benefits of tiger conservation - Nature Ecology & Evolution A synthetic control approach to model avoided forest loss shows that a protected-areas programme in India aimed at tiger conservation is associated with significant reductions in carbon emissions.


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is celebrating with Milo Parker.

Did you know that Durrell Conservation Academy was part of Gerald Durrell's vision, equipping conservationists with the skills needed to have a positive impact in conservation today?

Durrell focusses on the most threatened species in the most threatened places. Training future conservation practitioners and monitoring and evaluating conservation science underpins all Durrell activities.

Watch the video to hear more about Milo's role as a Durrell Ambassador.


Protecting and restoring wetland habitats plays a fundamental role in safeguarding the future of our planet. Did you know that this also include mangroves? In fact, preventing just 1% of mangrove loss results in two hundred million tons of carbon locked away! On World Mangrove Day, why not spend some time learning more about mangrove protection and restoration activities by exploring the Global Mangrove Watch site, or read about the latest threats and actions in the IUCN’s latest report on mangroves.

Inspired to protect and restore precious habitats and ecosystems? No matter your ability or background in conservation, Durrell Conservation Academy has a range of training opportunities for you to benefit from, whether a career switcher, early career conservationist or a seasoned professional. Find out more about the opportunities available to you by visiting training.durrell.org, including species protection and ecosystem restoration.

Cracking the Grassland Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Microhabitat for Conservation Success in Assam 27/07/2023

Time to check in on our DESMAN course alumni, and it sounds as though Leons is focusing on the little things - micro habitats to be exact!
We already recognise the significant role grasslands play for supporting a rich array of fauna and flora, but a big knowledge gap remains in understanding how the many micro ecosystems within these grasslands are key to supporting local biodiversity.

Leons attended our 3 month Durrell Endangered Species Management graduate course earlier this year, and it's great to see him thriving back in his natural habitat with a whole new set of skills and relentless passion for his work., particularly Marsh babblers ;p
Check out his recent article in EcoOne here:

Cracking the Grassland Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Microhabitat for Conservation Success in Assam by Leons Mathew Abraham



Our Endangered Species Recovery course is a 5-day, online course delivered in the form of online discussions, activities and expert-led lectures. Learn from experienced professionals in this field and hear about Jersey Zoo's famous captive breeding projects including virtual tours led by staff!

We are confident that you will find our course rewarding and enjoyable, but if you don't think it's right for you, we will provide a full refund (minus an admin fee).

Apply now to secure your place!


A last-minute Voluntary Internship opportunity has become available that provides one lucky candidate with an opportunity to train alongside keepers at Jersey Zoo AND our staff in the red-billed chough field Programme.

Who would it suit?
Anyone looking for hands on experience in the captive/wild interface of conservation.

What are we looking for?
An enthusiastic aspiring conservationist with a love of the outdoors. Must hold a clean driving license and be available to commit to 4-6 months training between August 2023 and February 2024.

To find out more about the Internship placement programme, please visit our website https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=6 and for the most up to date news on the red-billed chough programme visit http://www.birdsontheedge.org

Send CV and covering letter to gale.glendewar@durrell .org
Applications close 10th August, so get applying now.



Our 5 day, online Endangered Species Recovery course starts this September and covers a wide range of topics including all the Rs - Ecosystem Rewilding, Resilience and Reconnection.

Download the leaflet to find out more:https://training.durrell.org/pluginfile.php/347/mod_label/intro/Online%20ESR%20Leaflet.pdf

Apply now: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9

Rewilding giant tortoises engineers plant communities at local to landscape scales 18/07/2023

It’s !! And not just in the nature in art trail throughout ....

As important ecosystem engineers, tortoises play a crucial role in creating balanced, healthy ecosystems. For this reason, tortoises and other megaherbivores are increasingly being used to revive, restore and rewild degrading environments around the world.

Durrell has played a key role in pioneering the use of analogue species to restore biodiversity, so when you attend training courses with Durrell Conservation Academy, such as Planning & Managing Conservation Projects, Endangered Species Recovery or even our award winning DESMAN course, we draw upon our our wealth of experience restoring ecosystems around the world to share valuable case studies and first hand knowledge. Our involvement in restoring Round Island's habitat with the help of giant tortoises, regularly makes an appearance in our teaching!

This recent publication in Conservation Letters provides a great example of similar impacts revealed in the Galapagos, focusing on species like giant tortoise to drive entire ecosystem recovery.
Are you interested in understanding more about Durrell's ReWild strategy? Are you eager to develop your skills in conservation through ongoing training? Then visit our website https://training.durrell.org or contact us [email protected]

People are the foundation to driving positive conservation impact, so become part of our community and advance your conservation potential!

Rewilding giant tortoises engineers plant communities at local to landscape scales Trophic rewilding is increasingly being used to promote megafauna reintroductions to island ecosystems, yet ecosystem response to population restoration once megafauna reintroduction occurs remains u...



Do you want to ensure that your conservation actions have a lasting impact? A fundamental aspect of endangered species recovery is ensuring you can plan and implement an effective strategy. With adaptive planning and management this is entirely possible. This is why our five day, online Endangered Species Recovery course includes an introduction to planning and managing conservation projects so you can seek, assess and find a solution to threats and maximise opportunities.

This brief introduction may even inspire you to attend our full course on conservation planning: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=42

You can read more about the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation here: https://conservationstandards.org/about/



Did you catch the podcast by Conservation Careers where academy staff member, Helen Gath, talks about the role zoos can play in conservation today? Did you also know that our upcoming Endangered Species Recovery Course covers this topic and many more?

Apply now to ensure you don't miss out!

Apply here: https://training.durrell.org/course/view.php?id=9

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