Introducing Durrell Index

Hello All,

Henry at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park with a ploughshare tortoise, one of 51 Durrell Index target species
Read more about the ploughshare tortoise

I hope the news I have for you today will go some way as to showing you why supporting Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is worth your time.

Obviously, I am extremely proud of my home Island of Jersey. Even more so when I learn that the spiritual home that I share with my chosen wildlife charity has made a larger impact on the natural world than even I imagined.

A recently published scientific paper* that measures the impact of conservation on the 63 species of animals that have been moved away from extinction (according to the IUCN Redlist), shows that 8 of those species – 12% – are the subject of Durrell-led conservation programmes.

No other organisation can currently claim a higher number or percentage.

To celebrate, on the 28th of January we launched a suite of indicators that show, graphically, exactly the effect we can have on the world – for its animals. It’s called ‘the Durrell Index’, and we hope it will become an ‘industry standard’ as it were, for conservationists to benchmark against. That  will hopefully drive and support more conservation work, and show people that there is still hope…that it’s not too late to make a difference for nature.

Learn more about this incredible work at



*Accounting for conservation: Using the IUCN Red List Index to evaluate the impact of a conservation organization – Biological Conservation: R.P. Young a,b,⇑, M.A. Hudson a, A.M.R. Terry a, C.G. Jones b,c, R.E. Lewis a, V. Tatayah c, N. Zuël c, S.H.M. Butchart d

Ploughshare tortoise at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park

Ploughshare tortoise at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park


100th Ploughshare released

Upon his visit to Durrell Wildlife Park Henry met the golden-domed ploughshare tortoise, the most threatened tortoise on the planet.

Last month a team from Durrell made a gruelling two day 150km journey to Beaboaly in Madagascar to celebrate the release into the wild of 20 captive bred ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora), reaching a major milestone and a goal that was set over ten years ago – to put 100 animals back into the wild.

Despite the fantastic achievements to date and this, the latest positive step in Durrell’s ongoing ploughshare programme, the species remains dangerously close to extinction. Without Durrell’s efforts over the last three decades the world could very possibly have lost the ploughshare tortoise, already.

For more information on the ploughshare tortoise and the proof of how Durrell saves species from extinction please visit

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  42 comments for “Introducing Durrell Index

  1. Carolyn
    March 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Love the work you and Durrell are doing to make the world open there eyes and see how important saving these amazing creatures is

  2. Ilona Gunther
    March 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you very much for the update. It’s very nice to see what is going on in other parts of the world,and to know there are still people out there who cares.

    I would love if you can send us a video message next time, for me it is an inspiration to hear how passionate you are about this wonderful project.

    #Henry & #Durrell : the perfect combination.

  3. Shari
    March 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Each of these endangered species plays a very important role in the environment we live in , and the work that Durrell is doing is beyond measure , Thank You Henry for your continued support and dedication to this cause.

  4. Sylvia Elisabeth Adele
    March 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    It is truly amazing to see the work that you and Durell are achieving. Showing the world how important and precious these creatures are.

  5. Céline Aubert
    March 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Bonjour Henry 😉

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us 😉

    You can be proud of your country ; Durrell makes an incredible job around the world and words cannot express my deepest gratitude and my respect for what they are doing everyday. Durrell Index is a very good idea.

    As you said, it’s not too late to help our planet and we must never give up 😉
    There are incredible people in the whole world who cares about nature and it’s nice.

    Thanks again for donating your (precious) time for this great cause.
    Merci également de m’avoir fait découvrir Durrell Wildlife Park car je n’en connaissais pas l’existence et je suis heureuse de soutenir une cause qui me tient profondément à coeur.

    Good luck for all your projects 😉


    • March 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks for the update on the amazing work yourself and Durrell are doing. You have my support! :)

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  8. Marcie
    March 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Amazing, there’s a lot of passionate people out there. I’m so happy this foundation gives everyone the chance to come together and save so many species. Keep up the fantastic work.

  9. March 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Is incredible all the work You do!
    And belive me when i say that all that you do outside tv is the most beautiful work You can do…i just admire everything in you.
    Thank you for being the amazing Man you are.

  10. TJ
    March 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    That is wonderful news! Durrell is working hard to help animals worldwide and slowly succeeding. Animals are an extremely important part of the world. We are all connected and affected by changes big and small. Keep up the great work!

  11. Lynne Whitaker
    March 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Henry you are doing a wonderful thing for these animals. Keep up the good work.Thank You

  12. Rachel Birner
    March 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I recently visited the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona, and among all of the animals displayed (taxidermy) were countless that are endangered or gone completely. My husband made an interesting comment that this is what the zoos of the future would look like if mankind were to allow their greed to wipe out our wildlife. If their weren’t people like you, and numerous others devoted to saving our planet’s precious animals, what would our future look like? God created these wonders for us to take care of, not destroy, and your doing your part with the passion we all should have for preserving nature. Thank you, and the team at Durrell for your tireless efforts. I hope to someday visit that beautiful place and see firsthand what your accomplishing! Your work is an inspiration!

  13. Olivia L Thompson
    March 11, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Henry,
    On behalf of my ancestral people of Madagascar, I’d like to Thank you and The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust for the programmes that are making fundamental progress in Our World. Durrell is such a beautiful paradise

  14. March 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Dear Henry,Thanks for the update. I’m very proud of you ,you did a great job,Thank you for everything .You are an amazing man with a good heart. Good luck for all your projects ,you have my support ,your big a fan from Prague !

  15. Olivia L Thompson
    March 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Henry,
    … for the animals to live, recover, and spend their last days in (e.g our lovely orangutan friend). May everything you and The Durrell Wildlife Conservation do be blessed 😉 .
    Yours Truly,
    Olivia L Thompson

  16. March 12, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Dear Henry,

    I’m So proud of you and Durrell for all the work that both of you do to make the world a better place. You are truly a blessing to all the people who have the privilege of working with you, knowing who you are. and having you in their life. I will always support you in all your endeavors, I wish you all the best and congratulations on all your success. God bless you and keep up the great work.

    Love Always,
    Rawan xx :)

  17. Angela M.
    March 12, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I am really proud of Henry and Durrell Wildlife Park. They have made a huge difference in insuring the animals struggling with extinction that our planet needs will continue to survive and thrive! Thank you so much, Henry and all the wonderful people at Durrell. Much love and support to all of you and the very grateful, special, precious animals who rely on your care and consideration. Love all the beautiful pics, videos and articles too. Thank you. <3 <3 <3 :) (y)

  18. VERCHERY Yvonne
    March 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Bonjour, I’ll speak in french…merci à TOUTES les personnes, qui de près et/ou de loin, travail pour la préservation de TOUTES ces magnifiques Créatures. A ma manière j’oeuvre pour ces ladites créatures ; je ne mange pas de viande et signe des pétitions, dès lors qu’il y a souffrance envers les Animaux !! Henry, sachez que vous oeuvrez pour une des plus belles Causes ; la Cause animal.

  19. March 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    This is just awesome! I love Henry’s work with Durell because it is close to his heart and it is something that stems from his childhood. It’s means alot to him and he really believes in it.
    Keep up the good work Henry! You set a wonderful example for everyone to follow.

  20. Kavonne Wynn
    March 13, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Hi Henry,

    It’s great to see the results of the exemplary work you and Durrell are doing. I’m not surprised that you have partnered with an organization that endeavors to set the standard in conservation management. Integrity finds integrity.

    I pray for Durrell’s current and future accomplishments and may you find inspiration wherever you go.


  21. Mariana
    March 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I’m very proud of you!

  22. Karen Atkinson
    March 16, 2015 at 12:14 am

    What a wonderful example to this new generation! :)

  23. March 18, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Mr. Cavill is doing good with his fame and wealth. I can’t donate because I am not a woman of material means, and student., but I must say if a man does something for the well being of others he shall be blessed. I hope Mr.Cavill is blessed in any way a man can be blessed.

  24. March 23, 2015 at 5:22 am

    My research about Mr.Cavill revealed some disturbing details about him. Wild life preserve for endangered species but then he dates multiple women in matter of months and one was a hunter! Excuse me if I hurt anybody’s feelings here, but it seems Mr. Cahill is just like any man out there and outside his fame and money he might not be all that good after all! And I am writing this with much disappointment because I wanted to believe he is a great man but most what I read about him was very upsetting! One report said he even insulted a deaf man and was seen drunk and incoherent :/ Don’t care to know more about Mr. Cavill !

    • Marcella
      August 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Nobody is perfect, but we can be in solidarity even with defects. Wrong is to put Henry Cavill on a pedestal, thinking he is perfect. It is not better or worse than us. Only his work has a lot of exposure.

  25. Witchiepoo
    April 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    What a great cause for Mr. Henry to support. And I also appreciate the citation of an actual scientific paper.

  26. May 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Henry, a wonderful ambassador for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and great work you doing! Thanks for the ‘Pingback’ Henry&Team :-) Very gracious of you. Please ‘re-Pingback (my apologies for the delayed response), I naturally will respond back :-) It will be amazing to visit Durrell Wildlife Park in the near future. Hope our paths cross sometime soon, Take care, Eagle Colleen

    • May 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you! :-) Such an inspiration to see how the endangered animals are being protected and released back into the wild. Keep up the good work!
      Look forward to reading your next post, Henry!

  27. aferdita dacaj
    May 13, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Henry your an amazing person . This is a place where you are awesome again at Saving these animals. Keep up the good work. Your the best there is .

  28. Vanesa R
    May 13, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Everyday in the news I see horrible stories of abuse and wildlife being threaten, so it’s refreshing to see Henry and others coming to the rescue. Everyone who’s helping out these animals are making a difference . So thank you for all that you do.

  29. May 13, 2015 at 5:23 am

    So proud of what you doing…keep up the great work..enjoy life, keep making great movies..I would love to visit your island… and meet you in person….God bless you and yours!!

  30. June 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Henry, on behalf of the CAASisters members & followers, we donated today (4/6/2015) £1207.00 to #CavillConservation from the proceeds of the fundraiser held in honor of your 32nd Birthday! We are very humbled by all who donated and supported our fundraiser. We are thrilled to continue supporting the wonderful Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and we are inspired by you, Henry, because of your dedication to your fans which has not limits!

    Best Regards, MJ & the CAASisters

  31. Kevin Orlin Johnson
    June 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Well, I have always been impressed by Mr. Cavill’s work, and by his management of his career, but now this! A perfectly grammatical and perfectly clear article about success in an important effort, and with an actual footnote. When was the last time you saw a celebrity who could write a footnote! Honestly, this is a man worth listening to–and that’s all too rare these days.

    Thank you, Mr. Cavill. As is your other work, this is very reassuring, and very encouraging.

  32. angélique
    July 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Respect and congratulations for your investment in this organization !!!
    We can say that you are the “Superman” of plant and animal causes !! lol
    Use your notoriety wisely to educate people , it’s just great !!! I do not forget , all those who in the shade, as do a lot for this association !!!! THANK YOU to all of you for everything you do !!!!! Greeting my land Bretonne
    Best regards,

  33. August 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I realize that you have an international following for the site/store. Is there anyway that you can get the merchandise into the US so that the shipping costs are not so prohibitive? My recent shipping costs were the same price as a hat! I would purchase more and give as gifts, but the shipping costs preclude me from doing so. Just a thought. Thank you for standing up for life. You are a fine example, Henry.

    Thanks, Tom

    • August 27, 2015 at 1:30 am

      Im so bummed to learn of the higher costs to ship the merchandise to the U.S. I just put 2 things in my cart & was about to check out. Have there been any updates since your post?

  34. August 27, 2015 at 1:26 am

    The tortoise reminds me of my Great Grandmother’s tortoise that outlived her and she passed when she was 90. As a child we loved looking for her through the ruins of her old home. She used to play hide & seek with the children in my family. It would be a pity if they were to become extinct.

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