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

[email protected] 

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. Jonas, C.S., Bowkett, A.E. and Smith, R.K. (2017). Management of Captive Animals: Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions. University of Cambridge, Cambridge.

2. Dillon, M.J., Bowkett, A.E., Bungard, M.J., Beckman, K., O’Brien, M., Bates, K., Fisher, M.C., Stevens, J.R. and Thornton, C.R. (2017). Tracking the amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans by using a highly specific monoclonal antibody and lateral-flow technology. Microbial Biotechnology 10: 381-394

3. Bowkett, A.E., Jones, T., Rovero, F. Nielsen, M.R., Plowman, A.B. and Stevens, J.R. (2017). Genetic patterns in forest antelope populations in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, as inferred from non-invasive sampling. Journal of East African Natural History 104: 91-125

4. Amin, R., Bowkett, A.E. and Wacher, T. (2016). The use of camera-traps to monitor forest antelope species. In: Antelope Conservation: From Diagnosis to Action. Bro-Jørgensen, J. and Mallon, D.P. (Eds.), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, pp. 190-216.

5. Bowkett, A.E., Brunisso, S., Oberosler, V. and Rovero, F. (2016). A camera-trap survey of Abbott’s duiker in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania. Gnusletter 33: 4-5

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

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

12. 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

13. 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