Conservation Contact

If you would like to get in touch with WAZA's conservation department or if you have a conservation-related enquiry, please contact:


Markus Gusset, PhD

WAZA Executive Office

IUCN Conservation Centre

Rue Mauverney 28

CH-1196 Gland



Phone: +41 (0)22 999 07 94

Fax: +41 (0)22 999 07 91



Dr Markus Gusset is a conservation and animal welfare biologist with 15 years of expertise in managing environmental initiatives both in the field (mainly in southern and eastern Africa) and in zoos (at Zurich Zoo and Leipzig Zoo). After receiving his PhD degree, he became a Research Associate at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. He is a member of the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group and Reintroduction Specialist Group. He joined the WAZA Executive Office in 2009, serving as Conservation Officer and acting as International Studbook Coordinator. He became WAZA's Chief Conservation Officer in 2014, overseeing projects in conservation, animal welfare, environmental education and research.


  • Conde, D. A., Colchero, F., Gusset, M., Pearce-Kelly, P., Byers, O., Flesness, N., Browne, R. K. & Jones, O. R. (2013) Zoos through the lens of the IUCN Red List: a global metapopulation approach to support conservation breeding programs. PLoS ONE 8: e80311. (More)
  • Davies-Mostert, H. T. & Gusset, M. (2013) Restoring African wild dogs in South Africa: a managed metapopulation approach. WAZA Magazine 14: 41–44. (More)
  • Dick, G. & Gusset, M. (eds) (2010) Building a Future for Wildlife: Zoos and Aquariums Committed to Biodiversity Conservation. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 215 pp. (More)
  • Dick, G. & Gusset, M. (2013) Conservation biology. In: Zookeeping: An Introduction to the Science and Technology (ed. by Irwin, M. D., Stoner, J. B. & Cobaugh, A. M.), pp. 533–543. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (More)
  • Fa, J. E., Gusset, M., Flesness, N. & Conde, D. A. (2014) Zoos have yet to unveil their full conservation potential. Animal Conservation 17: 97100. (More)
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (2010) Biodiversity conservation projects supported by the world zoo and aquarium community. In: Building a Future for Wildlife: Zoos and Aquariums Committed to Biodiversity Conservation (ed. by Dick, G. & Gusset, M.), pp. 5760. Gland: WAZA Executive Office. (More
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (2010) ‘Building a Future for Wildlife'? Evaluating the contribution of the world zoo and aquarium community to in situ conservation. International Zoo Yearbook 44: 183191. (More)
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (2011) The global reach of zoos and aquariums in visitor numbers and conservation expenditures. Zoo Biology 30: 566–569. (More)
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (eds) (2011) WAZA Magazine 12: Towards Sustainable Population Management. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 44 pp. (More)
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (eds) (2012) WAZA Magazine 13: Fighting Extinction. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 41 pp. (More)
  • Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (eds) (2013) WAZA Magazine 14: Towards Integrated Species Conservation. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 44 pp. (More)
  • Gusset, M., Lecointre, C. & Dick, G. (2012) Zoos and aquariums contribute to achieving Aichi Target 1. [square brackets]–CBD Newsletter for Civil Society 6: 8–9. (More)
  • Moss, A., Jensen, E. & Gusset, M. (2014) A Global Evaluation of Biodiversity Literacy in Zoo and Aquarium Visitors. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 37 pp. (More)
  • Moss, A., Jensen, E. & Gusset, M. (2014) Zoo visits boost biodiversity literacy. Nature 508: 186. (More)
  • Oberwemmer, F., Bingaman Lackey, L. & Gusset, M. (2011) Which species have a studbook and how threatened are they? WAZA Magazine 12: 3436. (More)
  • Penn, L., Gusset, M. & Dick, G. (2012) 77 Years: The History and Evolution of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums 1935–2012. Gland: WAZA Executive Office, 199 pp. (More)


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