Dr Andrew Bowkett

Field Conservation & Research Programmes Manager

1996 - 2000 BSc Zoology, Cardiff University
2006 - 2012 PhD Genetic patterns in forest antelope, University of Exeter

Based at Paignton Zoo


Role and research interests

My main role is to manage overseas regional conservation programmes for WWCT in Africa and Asia but I also help coordinate research themes across the organisation’s zoos, nature reserves and project sites. My work involves working closely with different partners to prioritise conservation actions, source and manage funds, and undertake research and surveys. I am interested in a wide range of fields including molecular ecology, the natural history of African forest mammals, ecological survey methods, the role of zoos in reintroduction, and conservation project management theory.

Professional Activity

I teach on the Zoo Conservation Biology MSc at Plymouth University and Animal Behaviour MSc at the University of Exeter. I am a member of the IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group and BIAZA Field Programmes Committee. I am also an Honorary Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter where I am affiliated to the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Group.


Selamatkan Yaki – save Sulawesi macaques

Conserving Hyper-endemic Udzungwa Restricted Amphibians

Forest antelope surveys in Tanzania

Camera-trap surveys for Aders’ duiker in Kenya’s coastal forests

Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative

Model systems for the intensive management of highly threatened bird species

Development of a rapid diagnostic test for amphibian chytridiomycosis 

Selected publications

1. Amin, R., Andanje, S.A., Ogwonka, B., Ali, A.H., Bowkett, A.E., Omar, M. and Wacher, T. (2015). The northern coastal forests of Kenya are nationally and globally important for the conservation of Aders' duiker and other antelope species. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 641-658

2. Bowkett, A.E., Jones, T., Rovero, F., Nielsen, M.R., Davenport, T.R.B., Hawkins, D., Plowman, A.B. and Stevens, J.R. (2014) Distribution and genetic diversity of the Endangered Abbott’s duiker Cephalophus spadix in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Endangered Species Research, 24: 105-114

3. Bowkett, A.E. (2014). Ex situ conservation planning is more complicated than prioritising the keeping of threatened species in zoos. Animal Conservation, 17: 101-103

4. Hilser, H., Siwi, Y., Agung, I., Masson, G., Bowkett, A.E., Plowman, A.B., Melfi, V., and Tasirin, J.S. (2013). A non-native population of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque persists on the island of Bacan. Oryx, 47: 479-480

5. Bowkett, A.E., Jones, T., Laizzer, R.L., Plowman, A.B. and Stevens, J.R. (2013) Can molecular data validate morphometric identification of forest antelope faecal pellets? Conservation Genetics Resources, 5: 1095-1100

6. Jones, T. and Bowkett, A.E. (2012) New populations of an Endangered Tanzanian antelope confirmed using DNA and camera-traps. Oryx, 46: 14-15

7. Seki, H.A., Bowkett, A.E., Bungard, M.J., Doggart, N. and Menegon, M. (2011). A survey for three threatened, narrow endemic amphibian species in the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve, Tanzania. Oryx, 45: 474

8. Andanje, S.A., Bowkett, A.E., Agwanda, B., Ngaruiya, G.W., Plowman, A.B., Wacher, T. and Amin, R. (2011). A new population of the critically endangered Aders’ duiker Cephalophus adersi confirmed from northern coastal Kenya. Oryx, 45: 444-447

9. Ntie, S., Johnston, A.R., Mickala, P., Bowkett, A.E. et al. (2010) A molecular diagnostic for identifying Central African forest artiodactyls from faecal pellets. Animal Conservation, 13: 80-93

10. Bowkett, A.E., Plowman, A.B., Stevens, J.R., Davenport, T.R.B. and Jansen van Vuuren, B. (2009) Genetic testing of dung identification for antelope surveys in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Conservation Genetics, 10: 251-255

11. Bowkett, A.E. (2009) Recent captive-breeding proposals and the return of the Ark concept to global species conservation. Conservation Biology, 23: 773-776

12. Bowkett, A.E., Rovero, F. and Marshall, A.R (2008) The use of camera-trap data to model habitat use by antelope species in the Udzungwa Mountain forests, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, 46: 479-487

13. Lunt, N., Bowkett, A.E. and Plowman, A.B. (2007) Implications of assumption violation in density estimates of antelope from dung-heap counts: a case study on grey duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology, 45, 382-389