Meg Rutledge has been working in the sector since 2004, beginning in her home state of Florida in the USA. Since then, she has worked extensively on the role of zoos in bridging in-situ and ex-situ conservation. She has worked in the USA, Madagascar, Indonesia, and New Zealand amassing experience in the issues of working locally with global conservation efforts. She has a Masters of Science, and is in the final stages of completing a PhD in Environmental Management with the University of Auckland. Meg currently acts as the ZAA NZ President, and is Director of Natureland Wildlife Trust in Nelson, New Zealand. The challenges of turning a small, aged zoo with financial troubles into a thriving charity based on collaborative conservation models has been a great pleasure.
Meg’s driving interest is in how zoos build credible links between in-situ and ex-situ conservation in ways that support communities and benefit biodiversity, collaborative models for conservation, and forward thinking on the future of zoos in our changing environments.