Standing up for the little guys

The RZSS pine hoverfly conservation breeding programme at Highland Wildlife Park holds the known UK majority of this critically endangered species.

Hear from Dr Helen Taylor, RZSS Conservation Programme Manager, how, after years of hard work and close collaboration with partners in the wild, the team were finally able to release pine hoverfly larvae back into specially selected sites in the Cairngorms. These releases represent a huge boost for this important pollinator and a crucial step back from the brink of extinction in the UK.

  • Jessica Wise
  • Jessica Wise
  • Helen Taylor
  • Jessica Wise
  • Helen Taylor
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    4 minutes 57 seconds
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    February 13, 2022
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Jessica Wise

Jess has a background in both practical conservation field work and science communication, and enjoys working within zoological organisations where that combined skillset can be particularly useful. Jess has worked in several UK-based zoos, as well as spending extensive time on international projects with NGOs and zoo-funded in-situ work in Madagascar and Indonesia. Her research interests include animal behaviour, animal welfare within the conservation industry, and wildlife rehabilitation for release. Jess has experience in website development, social media account management, and public speaking and is also a keen photographer.

Jess enjoys staying up to date with the growing conservation communication community and sharing her passion for wildlife and travel with a wide range of audiences to encourage more people to love and protect the wild world and its inhabitants.

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