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
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. Being a founder member and veterinary director of Wildlife Vets International, John is actively involved in several cat field conservation projects. Based in Kent, John is a visiting lecturer at the Durrell Institute for Conservation Ecology.

Andy Beer BSc (Hons), PGCE, FHEA ~  Senior Practitioner and Zoo Courses Manager at Sparsholt College in Hampshire  Andy manages the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals; this course is run in collaboration with the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). He is also the Nutritionist for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) which involves evaluating and modifying the diets of the large range of species within their two animal collections at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park.

Peter Sampson, Lynn Whitnall  & Giles Clark, Director of Cats & Conservation for BCS, and Briony Smith, BCS’s Head Keeper.