Posted on 03/07/2012
PhD Zoology, 1977 Royal Holloway College
Jo Gipps was Director of Bristol Zoo until 2010 and Director of London Zoo from 1993-2001. He was Conservation Chairman of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums and Vice Chair of the International Species Information System in the USA. He launched the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, a conservation branch of Bristol Zoo, which carries out conservation action and research programmes in the wild. Despite being responsible for more than 450 different animal species at the zoo, Jo said his favourite animals by far are the endangered golden headed lion tamarins. Jo returned to Royal Holloway as Research Fellow between 1981-84 and as Jubilee Research Fellow between 1987-90.