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GREENWAYS FARM
RIBER VILLAGE
NR. MATLOCK
DERBYSHIRE
DE4 5JU
01629 583 108
0771 441 8174

Conservation Projects

Eddie considers himself, first and foremost, to be a conservationist and much of his career has been shaped and influenced by the pioneers in that field.  When Sir Peter Scott implored people to go and create ‘arks’ for the protection of endangered species, that is exactly what Eddie did.  Before his 25th birthday, he had negotiated the purchase of a derelict hilltop site in Derbyshire and set about establishing Riber Wildlife Park.  One species, above all others, fuelled Eddie’s conservation passions and he dedicated 25 years towards the captive breeding, and eventual release back into the wild, of European Lynx.  In a joint venture with WWF, Eddie released a number of breeding pairs of lynx into the Vosges Mountains of France where the indigenous population of lynx had been hunted out of existence.   

Sightings of Lynx in the wild are uncommon but it would be lovely to think that the reports of a ‘big cat’ roaming near Disneyland Paris (Daily Mail Online, November 2014) was, in fact, a descendent of those bred at Riber.