GET ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital edition of Attractions Management and the FREE weekly Attractions Management ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise  
People
Dr Sue Walker

Technologies such as cryopreservation offer us a new, critical piece of the conservation puzzle


Scientists at Chester Zoo have started to freeze tissue samples of some of the world’s rarest animals as part of a project to save them from extinction.

Together with leading animal reproduction experts, the conservationists at Chester Zoo have founded Nature’s SAFE: “One of Europe’s largest living biobanks dedicated to preserving and regenerating cells of the planet’s most precious animals.”

This project sees tissue samples taken from the ovaries, testicles and ears of animals that have died at Chester Zoo and are cryogenically frozen and stored at -196°C using liquid nitrogen.

The idea is that in the future, when reproductive technologies are more advanced, the frozen samples may be used to generate sperm and eggs, helping conservationists to restore genetic diversity in animal species threatened with extinction and even clone new animals.

To date, the frozen living biobank has cryopreserved multiple cell types from more than 100 highly threatened animal species – these include the jaguar, the Javan green magpie and the critically endangered Eastern black rhino.

“Without Nature’s SAFE, for many species already so near the brink of extinction, there will be no return,” said Tullis Matson, chair and founder of Nature’s SAFE.

“With Nature’s SAFE and other biobanking partners, there is optimism. We know the sixth mass extinction on Earth is underway, and there will be rough times ahead. The question is what do we want to do about it? And our answer is: we want to secure future options for biodiversity, by acting now.”

Nature’s SAFE is now home to biological tissue samples of some of the planet’s most endangered species – providing an insurance policy for threatened wildlife.

Dr Sue Walker, head of science at Chester Zoo and co-founder of Nature’s SAFE, speaks to Attractions Management about the project.

Why is this project so important? 
Species all over the world face extinction: each day we are losing millions of years of evolution. Repaired environments will only succeed if we have genetically diverse networks of fauna to sustain them.

Nature’s SAFE is providing hope to halt and reverse species decline by indefinitely storing and regenerating reproductive cells and cell lines from tissue that would otherwise be disposed of.

With gene pools and animal populations continually shrinking in the wild, the work of modern conservation zoos like ours has never been more important. Technologies such as cryopreservation offer us a new, critical piece of the conservation puzzle and help us provide a safeguard for many of the world’s animals that, right now, we’re sadly on track to lose.

What excites you most about this project?
The most exciting part of this project is the optimism that it provides. Species conservation is challenging, there is no one quick-fix – it requires collaboration and innovation. As we restore and repair landscapes we must also act in parallel to deliver cutting edge scientific solutions to ensure genetic variation is not lost. Nature’s SAFE is an innovative tool in our conservation toolbox to ensure we store valuable genetic material after an individual animal dies.

What do you do with the tissue samples?
Samples supplied by zoos and cryopreserved by Nature’s SAFE samples are processed in a unique way that ensures their functional ability is retained during preservation. From reproductive cells to ovarian and testicular tissue, to skin samples, specimens preserved by Nature’s SAFE have true functional relevance to species conservation, providing a robust living biobank of multiple tissue types and cell specimens to assist in future species preservation.

What’s the biggest challenge of this project?
The greatest challenge for Nature’s SAFE is dealing with samples from such a huge variety of species – from rhinos to mountain chicken frogs. The diverse biology between species makes it technically challenging and that is where our scientific expertise take centre stage – developing new species specific methods and techniques. Additionally, safeguarding tissue samples is step one, the second is developing culture techniques to generate sperm and eggs from the preserved samples.

Why is it important for zoos to play a role in endangered species conservation?
Zoos are a unique conservation model – not only do they have a very important role in species conservation, with thousands of visitors a day, they can also empower generations to care for our natural world and act sustainably. Chester Zoo will continue to work with Nature’s SAFE over the next few years in its mission to save animals from extinction by collecting, indefinitely storing and regenerating reproductive cells and cell lines from endangered animal species.

Conservationists at Chester Zoo have helped launch Nature’s SAFE Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Amazon milk frogs are threatened by deforestation Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Visitors admiring a Sumatran orangutan at Chester Zoo Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo’s Monsoon Forest reopened in 2020 Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Wild humboldt penguins are classed as ‘vulnerable’ Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
COMPANY PROFILES
ProSlide Technology, Inc.

A former national ski team racer, ProSlide® CEO Rick Hunter’s goal has been to integrate the smoot [more...]
FORREC Ltd

We create guest experiences others don’t, masterplan like no one else can, and give the world’s bi [more...]
IAAPA EMEA

IAAPA Expo Europe was established in 2006 and has grown to the largest international conference and [more...]
Mather & Co

We lead the world in incredible museum, exhibition, and attraction design. We work across the herita [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Attractions industry to reunite this September at IAAPA Expo Europe in London
For the first time in more than a decade, industry leaders from across the global attractions industry will once again gather in London as part of the annual IAAPA Expo Europe, the sector’s premier international event. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion TV - Opening Event: FICO Eataly World
Last July 7th, Red Raion took part in the opening event of FICO Eataly World, the Italian theme park dedicated to food - the only one worldwide! Find out more...
More videos:
Keynote | Moby Dick - Friends to the rescue! – Red Raion
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
Red Raion TV - Testimonial: Leolandia – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

01-07 Dec 2022

World Leisure Congress 2022

tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
05-07 Dec 2022

East Cape Futures

Hotel Palmas de Cortez, Los Barriles, Mexico
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2022 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2022 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2022 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2022 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

06 Apr 2020 issue 153


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022
Jobs    News   Products   Magazine
People
Dr Sue Walker

Technologies such as cryopreservation offer us a new, critical piece of the conservation puzzle


Scientists at Chester Zoo have started to freeze tissue samples of some of the world’s rarest animals as part of a project to save them from extinction.

Together with leading animal reproduction experts, the conservationists at Chester Zoo have founded Nature’s SAFE: “One of Europe’s largest living biobanks dedicated to preserving and regenerating cells of the planet’s most precious animals.”

This project sees tissue samples taken from the ovaries, testicles and ears of animals that have died at Chester Zoo and are cryogenically frozen and stored at -196°C using liquid nitrogen.

The idea is that in the future, when reproductive technologies are more advanced, the frozen samples may be used to generate sperm and eggs, helping conservationists to restore genetic diversity in animal species threatened with extinction and even clone new animals.

To date, the frozen living biobank has cryopreserved multiple cell types from more than 100 highly threatened animal species – these include the jaguar, the Javan green magpie and the critically endangered Eastern black rhino.

“Without Nature’s SAFE, for many species already so near the brink of extinction, there will be no return,” said Tullis Matson, chair and founder of Nature’s SAFE.

“With Nature’s SAFE and other biobanking partners, there is optimism. We know the sixth mass extinction on Earth is underway, and there will be rough times ahead. The question is what do we want to do about it? And our answer is: we want to secure future options for biodiversity, by acting now.”

Nature’s SAFE is now home to biological tissue samples of some of the planet’s most endangered species – providing an insurance policy for threatened wildlife.

Dr Sue Walker, head of science at Chester Zoo and co-founder of Nature’s SAFE, speaks to Attractions Management about the project.

Why is this project so important? 
Species all over the world face extinction: each day we are losing millions of years of evolution. Repaired environments will only succeed if we have genetically diverse networks of fauna to sustain them.

Nature’s SAFE is providing hope to halt and reverse species decline by indefinitely storing and regenerating reproductive cells and cell lines from tissue that would otherwise be disposed of.

With gene pools and animal populations continually shrinking in the wild, the work of modern conservation zoos like ours has never been more important. Technologies such as cryopreservation offer us a new, critical piece of the conservation puzzle and help us provide a safeguard for many of the world’s animals that, right now, we’re sadly on track to lose.

What excites you most about this project?
The most exciting part of this project is the optimism that it provides. Species conservation is challenging, there is no one quick-fix – it requires collaboration and innovation. As we restore and repair landscapes we must also act in parallel to deliver cutting edge scientific solutions to ensure genetic variation is not lost. Nature’s SAFE is an innovative tool in our conservation toolbox to ensure we store valuable genetic material after an individual animal dies.

What do you do with the tissue samples?
Samples supplied by zoos and cryopreserved by Nature’s SAFE samples are processed in a unique way that ensures their functional ability is retained during preservation. From reproductive cells to ovarian and testicular tissue, to skin samples, specimens preserved by Nature’s SAFE have true functional relevance to species conservation, providing a robust living biobank of multiple tissue types and cell specimens to assist in future species preservation.

What’s the biggest challenge of this project?
The greatest challenge for Nature’s SAFE is dealing with samples from such a huge variety of species – from rhinos to mountain chicken frogs. The diverse biology between species makes it technically challenging and that is where our scientific expertise take centre stage – developing new species specific methods and techniques. Additionally, safeguarding tissue samples is step one, the second is developing culture techniques to generate sperm and eggs from the preserved samples.

Why is it important for zoos to play a role in endangered species conservation?
Zoos are a unique conservation model – not only do they have a very important role in species conservation, with thousands of visitors a day, they can also empower generations to care for our natural world and act sustainably. Chester Zoo will continue to work with Nature’s SAFE over the next few years in its mission to save animals from extinction by collecting, indefinitely storing and regenerating reproductive cells and cell lines from endangered animal species.

Conservationists at Chester Zoo have helped launch Nature’s SAFE Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Amazon milk frogs are threatened by deforestation Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Visitors admiring a Sumatran orangutan at Chester Zoo Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo’s Monsoon Forest reopened in 2020 Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
Wild humboldt penguins are classed as ‘vulnerable’ Credit: Photo: Chester Zoo
LATEST NEWS
Alton Towers' iconic Nemesis coaster closes for major revamp
The famous Nemesis ride at UK theme park, Alton Towers, has closed for a major revamp.
Bob Iger's return to Disney sparks major restructuring focused on creativity and storytelling
Disney is set to undergo a "major restructuring" following the shock return of CEO Bob Iger.
Battersea Power Station's chimney experience whisks guests up 109m in a glass elevator
The highly anticipated chimney lift experience at the Battersea Power Station has opened to the public.
Eureka! tackles STEM with new Science + Discovery Centre
Eureka! Science + Discovery Centre in Seacombe, UK, has opened its doors to the public.
National Trust plans immersive experience at Bath Assembly Rooms
The National Trust has appointed design and build practice Sarner to create a new immersive visitor experience at the iconic Bath Assembly Rooms.
Digital art installation in Nanjing helps the public keep an eye on exoplanets
A permanent public art sculpture allows the public to observe the galaxy's exoplanets – which human life could potentially exist on.
SimEx-Iwerks reveals first customised fly film in collaboration with Red Raion. Celebrates 30th anniversary in 2023
Immersive cinema specialist SimEx-Iwerks has supplied a new flying theater experience, Frostbite: Dino Island III – the company's first custom- produced film of it kind.
Dubai's Real Madrid theme park will immerse fans in the club's culture
The first-ever Real Madrid-themed experience is set to open in Dubai next year.
TEA announces 2022 Thea Award winners, with Disney, Futuroscope, Kevin Murphy and Roland Mack among those honoured
The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience at Walt Disney World, Orlando, is among the winners of this year's Thea Awards.
Scott O’Neil takes the reins from Nick Varney at Merlin Entertainment
Merlin Entertainments, the UK-based global attractions operator which is second only to Disney in size, has chosen its new CEO, following the retirement of its founder, Nick Varney.
Disney launches wearable MagicBand+ for Disneyland resort
Disney is utilising wearable technology to provide guests at its Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, with a wide range of 'hands-free conveniences and immersive experiences'.
Museum of London to close its doors with festival and all-night openings
The Museum of London in the UK capital is to hold two free weekend festivals and all-night openings ahead of the closure of its current home at London Wall in the City of London.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
ProSlide Technology, Inc.

A former national ski team racer, ProSlide® CEO Rick Hunter’s goal has been to integrate the smoot [more...]
FORREC Ltd

We create guest experiences others don’t, masterplan like no one else can, and give the world’s bi [more...]
IAAPA EMEA

IAAPA Expo Europe was established in 2006 and has grown to the largest international conference and [more...]
Mather & Co

We lead the world in incredible museum, exhibition, and attraction design. We work across the herita [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Attractions industry to reunite this September at IAAPA Expo Europe in London
For the first time in more than a decade, industry leaders from across the global attractions industry will once again gather in London as part of the annual IAAPA Expo Europe, the sector’s premier international event. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion TV - Opening Event: FICO Eataly World
Last July 7th, Red Raion took part in the opening event of FICO Eataly World, the Italian theme park dedicated to food - the only one worldwide! Find out more...
More videos:
Keynote | Moby Dick - Friends to the rescue! – Red Raion
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
Red Raion TV - Testimonial: Leolandia – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

01-07 Dec 2022

World Leisure Congress 2022

tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
05-07 Dec 2022

East Cape Futures

Hotel Palmas de Cortez, Los Barriles, Mexico
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS