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Does Conservation Work? || Future Challenges for Exploration || James Borrell

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I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I’m very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year – the 40th anniversary! – I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.

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The one image that I use in all of my talks

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t is, incredibly, the first image ever taken by a human of Earth from space way back in 1968.

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What Will Conservation Look Like In 50 Years?

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It’s an exciting time to be alive. It’s an exciting time to be a conservationists.

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8 Reasons that Zoos are Critically Important for Conservation

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A couple of weeks ago, there was an accident at Cincinnati zoo. A child fell into an enclosure with a gorilla named Harambe, and to protect the child the gorilla was shot.

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What if people steal your ideas! (A conservationists guide to staking your claim)

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Imagine a hypothetical worst case scenario: Someone out there with more money and better resources manages to make a bigger and more impressive version..

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What’s the Biggest Challenge in Conservation Today?

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I’m an optimist, so I try to make sure when I give talks on conservation, that there is a healthy mix of depressing reality and hope for the future. Unsurprisingly audiences don’t really enjoy leaving thoroughly depressed.

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The Cartoon Guide To Biodiversity Loss

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Corey Bradshaw runs my favorite conservation blog, down under. The best feature is an enormous back catalog of cartoons around the theme of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Do you Need a Masters or PhD to Work in Conservation?

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Is science and academia the only route in? What if you’ve had a different career and want to move into the area – do you need to go back to university and study?

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The Landrover: A Vehicle That Did More For Conservation Than Any Other

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On the day that the final Landrover Defender rolls off the production line, I wanted to share some of my fondest memories of a vehicle that changed the world.

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Yet Another Example Of How Adventure And Citizen Science Are Compatible

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Phew, when stepping out into the cold London night, it’s events like this that serve to remind you to keep trying to do, whatever it is you want to do.

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Proof that natural history can ‘be a bit dry’…?

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A Natural History show with Bear Grylls will be about Bear Grylls, not about Natural History

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Three Species We Could Rewild Right Now (and barely cause a fuss)

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Now of course, debate is good and essential, but lots of talking means not very much rewilding.

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