Durrell announce winner of the 2016 Rumboll Travel Award

2016 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the Rumboll Travel Award, an annual financial Award granted to deserving junior members of Durrell’s conservation staff.

Established by Robin Rumboll, former Chairman of Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, now Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and his family in 2001, the Award not only recognises exceptional staff performance but also aims to enhance the development of selected individuals in their career in wildlife conservation.

Monday, 5th September, Durrell’s Senior Herpetology Keeper, Nadine Wo?hl gave a presentation on her recent trip to Madagascar, funded by the Rumboll Travel Award, where she caught up with colleagues based in the country and learned more about their work with native frog species and the progress made to date in efforts to combat the deadly disease chytridiomycosis which is devastating amphibian populations across the globe.

Bertie Ferns was also presenter on Monday, a Bird Keeper at Durrell who has been successfully selected from the nine submissions received for the 2016 Award. Bertie addressed the audience outlining his plan to visit Sumatra, Indonesia where he will be investigating the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran laughingthrush (pictured). He hopes to visit some of the country's bird markets to assess the impact they are having on wild populations and also to assist in a rehabilitation and reintroduction project for this rapidly declining species.

Commenting on the event Mark Brayshaw, Head of Animal Collection at Durrell said, “We are very grateful to Robin Rumboll and his family for this continuing Travel Award. It's a fantastic initiative and during it's 15 years has provided invaluable early training opportunities to young conservationists, many of whom have gone on to great things, both here at Durrell and further afield.”