WCS Russia

Obituary: Dr John Lewis

Posted: 27th November, 2020


It is with great sadness BIAZA has heard of the passing of ground-breaking vet John Lewis. Over the years John helped multiple BIAZA members and the survival of species in the wild as a world-leader in his field.  

Having worked in zoos and wildlife for the past 29 years, his work saw him share his skills and passion across the world. Primarily interested in big cat conservation and care, which led to an incredible impact on in situ work with amur tigers and amur leopards. John developed ground breaking techniques to improve the lives of big cats in the wild and in zoos.  


His sad passing has been described as a huge blow to the veterinary world. He has been widely recognised as a skilled mentor, and a constant source of inspiration. In BIAZA John was an active member of our Research Committee. He advised many members on everything from specific health issues to enclosure building. And, as is evident from the outpouring upon news of his passing, made a huge difference in a professional and personal capacity to the sector. 


BIAZA’s deepest condolences are with John’s family at this time.  


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