Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
David Waters, Director of the GBG, today hosted John Corder (a prominent member of the World Pheasant Association, which has responsibility for the in-situ and ex-situ conservation of all the world’s galliformes) and Zhang Jing, Curator of the Pheasants Breeding Centre (PBC) at Beijing Zoo on a visit to the project-site.
David and Al Dawes, Project-site Manager, both visited the Beijing Zoo and were shown around the PBC while attending the first ever Great Bustard Symposium in China earlier this year. The zoo has a collection of six Great Bustards, all belonging to the eastern sub-species Otis tarda dybowskii, which have been in the Zoo for at least 15 years. While in Beijing the GBG and the Zoo Director expressed a mutual interest in exchanging ideas on bustard conservation, and this reciprocal visit was warmly welcomed as affirmation of our developing relationship.