Conservation Lecture Series

2017-18 EVENING LECTURE SERIES


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.  


Saturday, February 3, 2018
Giants of South America with Dr. Arnaud Desbiez

Two formidable giants from another era still roam the lands of South America: the giant armadillo and the giant anteater. Very little was known about giant armadillos until the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program started in 2010. From Arnaud working alone with just a few camera traps the program now spans three biomes and a team of six and has garnered national attention for their protection!

The team is also working on a long-term study called Anteaters & Highways with the goal of finding ways to prevent them from being killed on the highways that now cross their habitat. Naples Zoo provides the salary for the projects' head veterinarian Danilo Kluyber.

Come Join Arnaud as he explains his journey to learn more about and help save these two incredible giants. RSVP TODAY.

About Dr. Desbiez
Arnaud Desbiez was born in France, but spent his childhood in the US. He has a Ph.D in Biodiversity management. He has worked and lived in Belize, Argentina, Bolivia, Nepal and has now been based in Brazil for the past 15 years. He recently founded an NGO ICAS in Brazil to provide administrative support to the two projects he coordinatesthe Giant Armadillo Conservation Program and Anteaters and Highways. He lives in Campo Grande with his wife, two children, and two Labradors.

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


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.


March 2018: DATE YET TO BE DETERMINED
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. 

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.

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


Many thanks to SOME OF OUR RECENT inspirational speakers: