Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend free lectures on topical issues in science and conservation.

2015 Lectures

The Elephant on the Curb

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7:30 p.m., Free admission

Featured Speakers: Wanda Evans, Saint Louis Zoo Sustainability Coordinator; Marlene Katz and Annette Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo Docents

American culture has increasingly embraced a very wasteful lifestyle that relies on single-use and disposable items on a daily basis. In the U.S., the majority of recyclable or compostable items still end up in landfills, taking up valuable land as well as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.

On average, each American today produces 102 tons of garbage throughout their lifetime (a conservative estimate), that's about the size of 20 large male Asian elephants! Although it sounds bleak, there are solutions and your actions can take to make a difference. Tips will be offered for individuals to take corrective action and information will be provided about ways the
Saint Louis Zoo is reducing waste. You can also help the Saint Louis Zoo
achieve our institutional waste reduction goals!

The Conservation Conversation is presented by the the Saint Louis Zoo, in partnership with the Academy of Science-St. Louis. 

The Impact of the Punta San Juan Program on Peru's Marine Protected Reserve System

Monday, May 11, 2015
7:30 p.m., free admission 

Featured Speaker: Susana Cardenas Alayza, Director Punta San Juan Program
Center for Environmental Sustainability/Cayetano Heredia University of Lima

Susana is a Peruvian biologist from The Cayetano Heredia University. She holds an MSc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Ms. Cardenas is currently the Director for the Punta San Juan Program and Field Program Coordinator for Chicago Zoological Society. Susana has been conducting research on population dynamics and habitat preference of top marine predators since 2004. Finally, since 2011, she has been coordinating biologging in Punta San Juan on a suite of marine top predator species. The Center for Environmental Sustainability is the leading Peruvian partner for the Saint Louis Zoo's Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru.

Punta San Juan is a peninsula located on the southern coast of Peru. Its species are isolated from predators by a concrete wall. Ecologically, it is an important breeding ground for charismatic marine wildlife species due to the short distance of its shores to upwelling spots, where the probability of finding food is high. It is currently home to Peru´s largest colony of Threatened Humboldt penguins and holds important colonies of South American fur seals, sea lions and guano birds. Punta San Juan has been protected by Peruvian government to aid seabird guano production since the 1940s. In 2009, it was included in a network of protected areas for Peru, further improving its legal protection. It also benefits from more than 30 years of support to make possible a long term research and monitoring site-based program linked to the Cayetano Heredia University. The goal of this program is to support government managers to further protect the Punta San Juan site and keep its populations ecologically viable and its area efficiently protected through sound science.

The Conservation Conversation is presented by the Saint Louis Zoo, in partnership with the Academy of Science-St. Louis. 

More Information

Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free.

All lectures take place in the Anheuser-Busch Theatre in The Living World/North Entrance at the Saint Louis Zoo. For more information, call (314) 646-4544.