The London Zoo this week organised a terrific event on how conservationists can work with faiths to protect nature. And for the first time, they provided a fully vegetarian meal for everyone. It was so delicious that there were surprisingly few dissenters. However the tricolour rice caused a few surprises. It was supposed to be lovely natural wild rice, red rice and brown rice, but the caterers interpreted it as regular ordinary white rice, with some lurid colours of food colouring… including blue!
We understand that the talks – with ARC’s Martin Palmer, IFEES’ Fazlun Khalid, the Durrell Institute’s Susannah Paisley, IUCN’s Simon Stuart and Stuart Harrop of DICE – were so successful that there’s a possibility of organising something on faith and conservation next year as well. Although perhaps not with the blue rice.