The Civet Project – Civet Coffee: Rare to Reckless

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 – 6.30 pm until 8 pm

Dudley Zoo and Castle welcomes conservation enthusiasts to an evening with The Civet Project – whose mission is to promote the conservation, welfare and protection of civets and related species. 

Alongside a screening of the project’s brand new ‘Civet Coffee: From Rare to Reckless’ documentary, this evening event will include both a physical and digital presentation and Q&A session, delivered by Jes Hooper and a member of our own DZC Conservation and Education team.

Jes is a member of the IUCN Small Carnivore Specialist Group and founder of The Civet Project. We will also be on hand to provide updates on our conservation projects here at DZC. 

All proceeds from this event will be donated to The Civet Project. There will be further opportunity to support the project throughout the evening. 

Location: Tecton Room, Safari Gift Shop.


  • 18:30 – Arrival 
  • 18:45 – Welcome & Introduction to the Civet Project
  • 19:00 – Documentary Screening
  • 19:30 – Closing Remarks & Q&A Session 
  • 20:00 – Departure

Cost: £10.00 per ticket (suitable for aged 11 yrs +)
Light refreshments, coffee, tea and biscuits included.

This event does not include access to the Zoo.

Documentary Overview: 

‘Civet Coffee: From Rare to Reckless’

Concerned by the animal welfare, conservation and human health impacts of civet coffee tourism, The Civet Project team travel to Vietnam in search of the real cost of the world’s most expensive coffee.

Civet coffee (also known as ‘kopi luwak,’ ‘weasel coffee,’ and ‘cat-poo-chino’) is coffee that has been partially digested by civets, nocturnal cat-like animals.

Since its rise to fame in popular media in the early 2000’s, the international civet coffee market has continued to grow and its market value is now expected to reach an estimated $10.9billion USD by 2030.

In attempts to meet consumer demand, civet coffee is now made through the caging and force-feeding of wild-caught civets across south east Asia. Caged production has led to devastating consequences for animal welfare, conservation, and human health. Yet still, civet coffee continues to grow in popularity across the world. Still, civet coffee tourism is promoted widely to coffee enthusiasts and to travellers.

Civet Coffee: From Rare to Reckless is a call to animal NGOs, and the tourism and coffee industries- to make civet coffee history.