Dr Luis Carlos Neves is the current Director of Zoology for the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) zoological parks, which include the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and River Safari. Altogether he is responsible for the management of close to 1000 species under human care out of which 420 are birds, which are his primary passion.
Before his current role in WRS Luis was the Assistant Director of the Bird Department at Jurong bird park for 3 years and the lead veterinarian at Loro Parque, Tenerife from 2003 to 2005. In between he was an assistant Professor of Avian Medicine and Clinical Pathology and consulting avian veterinarian in Lisbon, Portugal.
Luis has been involved in aviculture for close to 20 years and has been involved mostly with Psittacines as well as Passerines and Columbiformes. Ever since he started working for WRS in 2010, he also had the privilege of managing the world’s largest collection of Hornbills, with 20 species and over 80 birds. In recent years he has dedicated increasing amount of time to threatened Asian species, in particular songbirds, and has taken the position of co-vice chair for Ex-situ Programs and Reintroduction in the IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group. In parallel, Luis is a member of the Bali Myna International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the EAZA TAGs for Passeriformes, Hornbills, Pigeon & Dove and Psittaciformes and is the MON-P for Blue-eyed Cockatoo. Luis is also the WRS liaison for the ZAA Bird TAG.
Luis is a firm believer on conservation aviculture and in the role that welfare-based, scientifically-managed and sustainability-driven captive breeding of birds can be used as an important part of species recovery.