Chris Draper is a zoologist and chartered biologist, working in animal protection. After exposure to the reality of animals in zoos, circuses and pseudo-sanctuaries, his career has involved investigation and research into the welfare of wild animals exploited in captivity. His PhD from the University of Bristol examined whether legislation and practice protects animals in zoos. He is currently the Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity at the Born Free Foundation.
Since 2014, he has sat on the UK’s Wild Animal Welfare Committee. Over the years, he has worked for several animal welfare organizations on issues involving laboratory animals, farmed animals and wildlife. Before that, he worked as an animal keeper in a sanctuary in the USA with a range of wild animals – and primarily with 50 retired laboratory chimpanzees. He represents the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in Europe.