Wednesday, February 8, 2012



Chester Zoo is a leading zoological garden in the UK actively involved in the conservation of threatened species, habitat support, scientific study and the provision of education and recreation.

In February 2001 Richard Hughes, a senior keeper at Chester Zoo, tragically lost his life working with the elephants that he loved. In memory of Richard, Chester Zoo has dedicated an annual scholarship award to support individuals wishing to undertake activities or projects concerned with elephant management, welfare or conservation.

The scholarship is open to applications for any type of activity or project that deals with issues of elephant management, welfare or conservation either overseas or in the UK. Proposals are encouraged from individualsThe individuals from any relevant field who have an interest in elephants, from animal keepers and researchers to students. The scholarship aims to allow individuals to become involved with elephant related interests beneficial to their career or personal development, as well as beneficial to elephants. Scholarships will be awarded up to the value of £1000.

Chester Zoo expects those awarded scholarships to uphold the high standards expected of its own employees, and to be fully acknowledged in any presentations or publications. It is a condition of the studentship that Chester Zoo receives a full written report of activities undertaken within six months of completion and copies of any resultant publications if applicable. Chester Zoo may also request receipted expenses and reserve the right to request that any special equipment purchased through the studentship remain the property of the zoo once the project is completed.

Application forms are available via email from  or from the conservation pages of

Applications should be received no later than Friday 23rd March 2012


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