Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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 below). She was awarded the prestigious St. Louis Zoo Conservation Award in 2016. RSVP TODAY.
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.
Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door) | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY
Many thanks to SOME OF OUR RECENT inspirational speakers:
- Dr. Luke Hunter, President and Chief Conservation Officer, Panthera
- Dr. Tara Harris, Coordinator of the Tiger Species Survival Plan® and Tiger Conservation Campaign
- Dr. Julian Fennessy, Co-Founder, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Namibia
- Dr. Luke Dollar, National Geographic Explorer, Big Cats Initiative
- Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Project Coordinator, Giant Armadillo Conservation Project | Anteaters & Highways
- Ian Bartoszek, Wildlife Biologist/Florida's Invasive Pythons, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
- Dr. Liz Braun de Torrez, Researcher, University of Florida
- Dr. Eric Miller, Chair, Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group
- John Leary, Executive Director, Trees for the Future
- David Shindle, Florida Panther Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Dr. Frank Ridgley, Director of Conservation and Research, Zoo Miami
- Dan Strechay, US Representative for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
- Dr. Robert Rice, Co-Creator of Bird-Friendly coffee certification, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
- Mike Orlando, Assistant Coordinator of the Bear Management Program, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission