At Durrell Conservation Academy, we know there are skills and
experience out there to prevent further species from becoming extinct. We also
know that with more support and opportunity, we can capture, share and apply
these qualities to more conservationists and projects worldwide.
Successful conservation action involves a wide variety of biological and cross-disciplinary skills. To tackle the escalating challenges to save biodiversity, we have to pass those skills on to the conservationists who need it the most.
As a result of our training, an individual can be more personally effective and capable of taking effective conservation action. With a greater number of trained conservation professionals, species have a greater chance of survival.
Durrell’s first student was Yousoof Mungroo, who came from Mauritius in 1977. He went on to become the first Director of the National Parks Conservation Service on the island, supporting local initiatives that saved some of the rarest species on
earth, such as the Echo Parakeet and Pink Pigeon. Since then the number of conservationists trained has risen rapidly for example in 2019, Durrell Academy trained 170 conservation professionals and 260 university students.
Monitoring our training impact
Durrell exists to save species from
extinction. It is essential for us to monitor and track the impact of our
training to enable us to understand whether we are achieving this mission. We
can also share this with our supporters, providing them with confidence that
their donation has made an impact and that conservation training works: a story
of hope in the battle to save the world’s wildlife.
Through our monitoring and evaluation
framework, evidence of the difference our training can make to people personally and professionally is collected and provides us with a glance into individual transformations.
Listen to Arturo Munoz from Bolivia talking about the impact of Durrell's training on his career...
Watch Gabriela Rezende, DESMAN student 2013,
explaining Durrell’s impact on her conservation work to save Brazil's Atlantic Forest...