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Invited Speaker


Rowland Griffin, PhD, has been involved in the world of herpetological conservation for the last 15 years. He holds a PhD in Biodiversity Management from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. His thesis focused on how reptile and amphibian assemblages respond to changes in land use in northern Guatemala. His research interests are concentrated on asking questions around the idea of using regenerative agriculture to regenerate habitats robust enough to support native biodiversity.  In his current role as Director of Conservation at Parque Zoológico Nacional la Aurora, in Guatemala, he is responsible for designing and implementing conservation strategies at a national level and manages various ex-situ reproduction and reintroduction projects, including Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti) and species of the genus Abronia. He is also curator of the zoo’s reptile collection.  

Title: Ex-situ conservation of Guatemalan beaded lizards at Zoológico la Aurora, Guatemala

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