Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens

MBE BSc Hon DSc

Appointed 2014

Peter Stevens spent six years in Zambia and Botswana in the 1960s serving in the Colonial Police, during which time he gained first hand experience of wildlife management in those countries. He returned to the UK to attend Exeter University to read zoology and, on graduating, took up the post of Conservation Officer with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and then became Director. After seven years, during which time he gained valuable experience in habitat management and wildlife conservation, he was appointed to the position of Curator of Birds and Reptiles at Chester Zoo. This was a stepping stone to his final appointment as Director of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and Paignton Zoo where he stayed until his retirement in 2000. He considers himself to be an ecologist rather than a zoologist and has maintained his passion for Africa since retirement by forming a wildlife trust in Botswana which he visits regularly.