The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats to ensure that we live in a world where animals are valued and their existence is secured for future generations. We realise this mission by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.
ZSL is committed to directly tackling wildlife poaching in Africa with frontline law enforcement training and poacher detection technologies. Since 2014 ZSL’s innovative satellite connected camera and sensor system – Instant Detect – has been used by wildlife rangers in the most remote locations to covertly detect poachers entering protected areas where other technologies cannot ‘see’. Once deployed the unmanned system silently monitors 24 hours a day and will send alerts to rangers if intruders are detected. This allows wildlife rangers to intercept and stop poachers before they can kill. Instant Detect is now being upgraded and improved.
ZSL’s Law Enforcement Advisor provides guidance and support to ZSL staff and law enforcement agencies around the world. Focusing on specialist law enforcement techniques to gather evidence against wildlife traffickers, ZSL assists in training police, wildlife agents and customs officials, and advising on investigative techniques and methodologies to ensure that organised criminals face justice.
ZSL is proud to be a member of the United for Wildlife collaboration and is committed to delivering effective science-driven solutions to rapidly scale up responses to global conservation challenges.