Compassionate Conservation

Conservation is the practice of protecting animal species and their habitats and it is traditionally viewed as a separate discipline to animal welfare. Compassionate conservation is an initiative designed to bring the two fields closer together, promoting consideration of the welfare of individual animals affected by the conservation research, policy or practice. 

This growing approach to conservation is championed by new and existing conservationists, as well as animal welfare scientists, who firmly believe that the welfare and conservation outcomes will be improved by the application of both approaches.This page explores how compassionate conservation can be relevant to your work.

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Lauren Valentine discusses her views on the current state of the planet and how human activities are effecting animals.

Meet the experts

Neil is a Technical Expert for Animals in the Wild at World Animal Protection, and is an expert in many conservation and animal welfare issues.
Georgina is the Executive Director of Wild Welfare and has over 15 years’ experience working for animal welfare and conservation organisations.
Lori is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behaviour and intelligence, working with the Whale Sanctuary Project and the Kimmela Centre.