#WildWomenInterviews with Janaki Lenin: Episode 10
Lee Durrell is the honorary director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust that was set up by Gerald Durrell. The trust runs the famous Jersey Zoo as well as works on the conservation of extremely endangered species. In India, it supports the pygmy hog project that involves captive breeding and restocking the wild. Lee studied animal communication for her Ph.D., and she is also a writer and television presenter.
In the last of a two-part interview, Lee takes us through the trust’s work in India on the pygmy hog project and the impact its training academy has had on conservation achievements in countries around the world. These efforts are not restricted to captive breeding alone, but extend to education and community conservation.
A lot of the trust’s programs are located on islands. Its first field conservation project started in Mauritius, the land of the iconic but extinct Dodo, and moved on to Madagascar where its largest program is located. Today the organisation works in ten sites around the world, including the Assam terai.
Photos: Goutam Narayan
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