Conservation & Ethics


The Big Cat Sanctuary’s conservation and ethics committee oversees the ethical review processes and helps in planning and implementing the charity’s conservation and education strategies.

Conservation & Ethics

Conservation & Ethics Committee


The Big Cat Sanctuary’s conservation and ethics committee oversees the ethical review processes and helps in planning and implementing the charity’s conservation and education strategies.

Committee Members & Managing Directors

Dr John Lewis MA, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS

Partner in the International Zoo Veterinary Group and one of the world’s leading Big Cat vets, John has wide experience in feline & primate medicine, advanced techniques of anaesthesia, and wildlife medicine. He is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and was appointed to Part 1 of Secretary of State’s list of zoo inspectors in July 1996. John is a veterinary advisor to the Tiger and Amur Leopard EEP’s and the EAZA Felid TAG, and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.

Andy Beer BSc (Hons), PGCE, FHEA

Emeritus Director of Zoo Studies at Sparsholt College Hampshire, Andy developed the range of training courses for staff employed in UK Zoos and Safari Parks from 1998 onwards. In association with BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), he superintended and managed the UK and Irish Zookeeper staff development qualification (the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals) between 2002 and 2019. He also led its International development in 2012. Since 2009, Andy has also been the Nutritionist for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) evaluating and modifying the diets of the large range of species within their two animal collections at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. He is also a Director of the Board of Dublin Zoo in Ireland and chairs their Conservation and Research sub Committee.