Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE

Distinguished Lecture Series - Hope for animals; why I ended up running a zoo

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Public lectures | Seminars

Having started life wanting to live with chimps in Africa, and marching against zoos, I now run one of the biggest ape conservation centres in Europe: a zoo.
Why? Because we are living in a time when humans are causing the sixth great extinction, extensive deforestation, global warming, filling the oceans with plastic – should I ignore it, hang my head in shame, or be part of the solution?

  • From: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, 50 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 12 November 2019, 12.00 pm

Event details

Sharon Redrobe has over 25 years’ experience working in academia, the charity sector and business.

Sharon has had a life‐long fascination with wildlife and a belief in the role modern zoos must play in conservation, while remaining relevant and supported by the public. In a rapidly changing world, Sharon believes science‐led solutions to saving wildlife that engage the public are essential to the success of a ‘One World’ future.

Since appointment as CEO of Twycross Zoo in 2013, Sharon has invigorated this traditional business by positioning it as a conversation charity that runs a zoo and launching an ambitious 20-year £55m development plan.

The first five years have seen visitor numbers up by 25% to over 600,000 a year. Over 62,000 school children take part in educational programmes at the zoo each year,, transforming Twycross Zoo from a loss‐making charity into one investing over £10m in five years in new science-based animal habitats.

Twycross Zoo’s 20-year vision as an International Centre of Excellence for ape conservation and science with an ambition to attract over one million annual visitors is well on the way with a further investment programme for 2019 – 2030 underway. Sharon also serves as Chair of Ape Action Africa and Associate Professor at University of Nottingham.

Sharon’s efforts have been recognised through various awards including Business Woman of the Year 2015, Institute of Directors West Midlands Director of the Year 2016, East Midlands Chamber Team of the Year 2016, Inspirational Woman of the Year Enterprising Women Awards, East Midlands Chamber 2017.

Sharon was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 for her services to Skills, Science and the Economy.

Abstract summary

Having started life wanting to live with chimps in Africa, and marching against zoos, I now run one of the biggest ape conservation centres in Europe: a zoo.

Why? Because we are living in a time when humans are causing the sixth great extinction, extensive deforestation, global warming, filling the oceans with plastic – should I ignore it, hang my head in shame, or be part of the solution?

I believe running a modern zoo is part of the solution for the planet and humankind. The One Plan approach to species survival, to create mini-arks to save and protect our closest cousins and others from harm (from us?!) and ensure they survive and are loved by the next generation.

Join me on a (brief!) journey through vet school, Africa saving chimps and gorillas, to the UK zoo gorilla life-saving operations and the transformation of Twycross Zoo into a conservation organisation that runs a zoo.

“Only if we see them will we care, only if we care will they be saved.”

Location details

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
50 Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Parking:

Discounted city centre parking is available at Q-Park Talbot Street:

Q Park Talbot Street

Stanley Place

Nottingham

NG1 5GG

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