MANCHESTER Metropolitan University has honoured Gordon McGregor Reid, the distinguished zoologist and director general of Chester Zoo.
Professor Reid has been made an Honorary Doctor in Science for his contribution to knowledge of the natural world from the university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.
He received his award alongside 1,500 graduates at the 2008 graduation ceremony for the faculty at Bridgewater Hall.
From humble begins as a 16-year-old technician in the zoology department at Glasgow University, Gordon rose to conduct leading research into marine life in Botswana and Nigeria.
In recent years, he has taken Chester Zoo to its current position as the sixth largest visitor attraction in the UK, with 6,000 animals of 600 species, half of them on the World Conservation Union’s endangered list.
MMU is soon to embark on a new Masters programme in Zoo Conservation Biology, jointly run with Chester Zoo.
In 2005, Gordon McGregor Reid became president-elect of the World Association of Zoos and
Aquariums, and is a trustee of the National Museums, Merseyside.
Two African species of fish new to science have been named in Gordon’s honour.