Being more bonobo - Why I run a zoo | Sharon Redrobe OBE | TEDxLeicesterWomen

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Bonobos live in peaceful, matriarchal communities where they use complex vocal sounds to communicate with each other, and when they get stressed, bonobos tend to go for hugs rather than the jugular. Sharon's talk provides insights on how we can all make a small change to save our planet and protect all the animals who live on earth. Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE – CEO of Twycross Zoo.
Sharon is an award-winning vet and businesswoman now running the one of the largest ape conservation centres in the world, who is combining the two career paths to save our closest cousins from extinction.
Sharon has had a life‐long fascination with wildlife and a belief in the role modern zoos must play in conservation, whilst remaining relevant and supported by the public. In a rapidly changing world, Sharon believes science‐led solutions to saving wildlife whilst engaging the public are essential to the success of a ‘One World’ future. Since appointment as CEO of Twycross Zoo in 2013, Sharon invigorated this traditional business by positioning as a conversation charity that runs a zoo and launching an ambitious 20-year £55M development plan. The Twycross Zoo 20-year vision as an International Centre of Excellence for ape conservation and science is well on the way . This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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