Conservation Lecture Series

2017-18 EVENING LECTURE SERIES


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Africa's Lion Stronghold: Ruaha National Park
with Dr. Amy Dickman

We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Amy Dickman, Director of Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania. She will share her experiences with Africa's largest population of lions and collaborating with the people who live among them to insure a better future for both people and wildlife. Since its founding in 2009, the project has rapidly generated genuine progress in saving lions. Come hear what is possible when people work together - and what's needed next. RSVP TODAY.

About Dr. Amy Dickman
Dr. Dickman has spent the past eighteen years working to save carnivores in Africa. As  Director of Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP), Amy has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most important landscapes for large carnivores – the Ruaha Landscape – which supports more than 10% of the world’s remaining lions. RCP is part of the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).

Amy received her PhD from the Institute of Zoology/University College London and has authored over 50 scientific publications and book chapters. She currently serves as the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Wild Felid Conservation at Oxford University and on the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist Group Steering Committee. Amy received the 2011 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation and was a 2014 Finalist for the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa (see video). She was awarded the prestigious St. Louis Zoo Conservation Award in 2016.

Gather by the lions for an informal mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gardens followed by her presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors. RSVP TODAY.
Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Florida's Largest Bat: Helping Our Endangered Neighbors
with Dr. Frank Ridgley.

Little is known about our state's largest bat.  Its total population is believed to only be in the hundreds and it is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN.  Known as the Florida bonneted bat, its range is limited to the southern tip of Florida and mostly concentrated on the coasts including here in Collier County. Come meet Dr. Frank Ridgley, one of the people dedicated to working with communities to save these local endangered species. RSVP TODAY.

Gather along the path by Alligator Bay for an informal mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gardens followed by his presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater from 7 until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors.
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Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY.

About Dr. Frank Ridgley
Dr. Frank Ridgley received his B.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University and then continued on there to earn his D.V.M.  During time in New York, he served as Senior Veterinarian at the Buffalo Zoo, taught at Canisius College, served on several boards for veterinary medicine and wildlife organizations, and was adjunct faculty for the residency program in laboratory animal medicine at SUNY at Buffalo.  In 2007, Dr. Ridgley accepted a position at Zoo Miami as an Associate Veterinarian in the animal clinic to continue his clinical medicine.  In 2011, Dr. Ridgley shifted his focus to field conservation and research efforts and became the Director of Conservation and Research at Zoo Miami.  He is currently graduate faculty at Florida International University, the Chair of the Zoo Miami Animal Care and Use Committee, the Chair of the Zoo Miami Conservation Committee, on the Steering Committee of the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, on the Steering Committee of the Florida Imperiled Butterfly Working Group, on the Conservation Committee of the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and a member of the Florida Bonneted Bat Working Group.


Thursday, January 18, 2018
Florida's Amazing Black Bears with Mike Orlando

Bears are amazing! They can climb a 100' tree in 30 seconds and even clamber up rock walls. (Seriously. Watch the video). They can run 35 mph - about as fast as a deer. Bears are also reported to have the best sense in the animal kingdom with a sense of smell estimated at 7 times better than a bloodhound! RSVP TODAY.

Bears are also coming back in numbers in Florida. After dropping to just a few hundred bears in the 1970s, there are now more than 4,000 in the state. Join us to learn the best ways we can live together with these large carnivores from one of the leading experts in the state.

Visit the Naples Zoo bear page to see how you can help in your neighborhood today.

Gather along by the black bears for an informal mixer from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the gardens followed by his presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater from 7 until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors. RSVP TODAY.

Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY

About Mike Orlando
Mike Orlando serves as the Assistant Coordinator of the Bear Management Program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For the past twenty years, Orlando has studied the behavior of the Florida black bear. He earned his BA degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and a Masters in Forest Ecology at the University of Kentucky.  


Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hope for Wild Tigers with Dr. Tara Harris

At the rate tigers were being lost in the late 20th century, it didn't seem likely wild tigers would live to see the new millennium. But through the efforts of many, tigers still walk Asian forests. Yet much work remains to continue this good news. RSVP TODAY.

As one of the many voices for tigers, Dr. Tara Harris serves two roles: As coordinator of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan®, she manages a breeding program for about 350 purebred tigers living in zoos across North America; and as head of the Tiger Conservation Campaign, she galvanizes zoo support for efforts to save wild tigers in Asia. Come hear her talk about what's making a difference for tigers and how you can be part of making more good news for these majestic creatures.

About Dr. Harris
In addition to her work above, Dr. Tara Harris is the Vice President for Conservation at the Minnesota Zoo. In her conservation role at the Minnesota Zoo, Tara has worked to significantly expand the Zoo’s efforts to study and save wildlife in Minnesota and around the world. Before joining the Minnesota Zoo as a conservation biologist in 2008, Tara spent four years living in the forests of Uganda, studying wild primates for her doctoral research at Yale University and postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. 

Gather by the Malayan tigers for an informal mixer from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the gardens followed by her presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors. RSVP TODAY.

Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY.


Thursday, March 15, 2018
Lemurs & Madagascar with Dr. Eric Miller

With its collection of unique creatures and flora, Madagascar has been nicknamed the "eighth continent." The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group has reintroduced lemurs to the wild, cares for animals rescued from illegal wildlife trade, trains farmers how to get better crops, replants forests, and educates rural children. The MFG also reintroduced three groups of endangered black and white lemurs to the forest to enhance the genetic pool.

Come hear what's happening in their two main project areas and see the great work being accomplished. RSVP TODAY.

About Eric Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Executive Director, Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute
Dr. Miller has served as Chair of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group since 2008 and his primary role is coordinating the 27 members in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. R. Eric Miller completed his veterinary education at the Ohio State University, and completed a residency in zoo animal medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo/University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.  His clinical interests include the diseases of black rhinoceroses, and in-country work with captive South China tigers and giant pandas. He has lectured on zoo animal medicine in Brazil, China, France, Spain, Thailand, Russia and the UK.  He has authored/co-authored over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, and with Dr. Murray Fowler, was a Co-Editor of the 4th- 7th editions of Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, and Editor of the 8th Edition.  He is a past President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the American College of Zoological Medicine, a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and has been an active participant in the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians.
 
Gather by the lemurs and fosa for an informal mixer from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the gardens followed by his presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater from 7 until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors. RSVP TODAY.

Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY.


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