Welcome back to Zookeeper Diaries! Today, we’ll be sharing the incredible journey of Dr. Claudio Sillero, an Argentine-British conservation biologist and zookeeper who has dedicated his life to the research and conservation of wild canids, especially the endangered Ethiopian wolf.
Education and Early Career
Dr. Claudio Sillero earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and later completed his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Oxford. His passion for wildlife led him to focus on the conservation of canids, including wolves, foxes, and jackals, throughout his career.
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP)
Dr. Sillero founded the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) in 1995. This program aims to protect the Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s most endangered carnivore, found only in the highlands of Ethiopia. The EWCP conducts vital research, monitoring, and conservation initiatives, partnering with local communities and government agencies to ensure the long-term survival of this unique species.
A key aspect of Dr. Sillero’s conservation approach involves working with local communities to create sustainable solutions that benefit both people and wildlife. The EWCP supports community-based conservation initiatives, such as rabies vaccination campaigns, to protect both Ethiopian wolves and local livelihoods.
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
In addition to his work with the EWCP, Dr. Sillero has also been a part of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), where he serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Zoology. In this role, he leads and supports research projects and conservation initiatives focused on threatened wildlife species worldwide.
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Claudio Sillero’s tireless efforts to protect wild canids have not gone unnoticed. He has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Whitley Gold Award for his outstanding contributions to the conservation of the Ethiopian wolf. His work has also been recognized by prestigious institutions such as the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr. Claudio Sillero’s unwavering commitment to the conservation of wild canids, particularly the Ethiopian wolf, has made a significant impact on the preservation of these fascinating species and their habitats. Through his research, community engagement, and collaborative efforts, he has inspired countless individuals to join the fight to protect our planet’s precious wildlife.
Join us next time on Zookeeper Diaries as we continue to explore the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary individuals in the world of wildlife conservation.