Let's get together and change the world. 


We believe discussion is the key to learning and change. The Saint Louis Zoo's Conservation Conversations program produces in-person and virtual conversations with scientists and thought-leaders on important, big-idea conservation topics.

Climate change. Pollution. Endangered species. We don't shy away from difficult topics. Instead, we are a partner in creating solutions that will guide the future of tomorrow. Join us for this free opportunity and learn more about the leaders you will hear from below. For most programs, advanced registration is not required.



Meet Dr. Chris Schell
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

7 p.m. CDT
Located in the Anheuser Busch Theater at the Zoo's North Entrance.
In-Person Only / Masks Recommended 

Where the Wild Things Are: Exploring How Society Shapes the Biodiversity of Cities

Dr. Chris Schell is an assistant professor at the University of California Berkley. Dr. Schell studies the intersections of society, ecology, and evolution in cities to understand how wildlife (mainly mammalian carnivores) are rapidly adapting to urbanization. Dr. Schell will explain how economic and racial inequities shape biodiversity patterns in cities, with particular focus on urban mammals. Moreover, he will address how using a social-ecological and environmental justice lens is critical for developing human and wildlife resilience in an ever-changing world.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Event begins at 7:00 p.m.



Scientists and Educators Panel
Thursday, May 26, 2022

1 p.m. CDT
Virtual / Registration Required
Register Here

Widening the Funnel: Building an Inclusive STEM Pipeline in St. Louis

This webinar panel will feature local scientists and educators working in and around St. Louis to discuss the current state of our region's efforts to encourage our young people to pursue careers in STEM. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Daniel Warren (SLU) and will include Dr. Rhonda Key (Hazelwood School District), Dr. Patricia Parker (UMSL), Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn (SLU), Samantha Moyerman (Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience), Kate Polokonis (STEMSTL), Kristine Callis-Duehl (Danforth Plant Science Center), and Eve Cooney (St. Louis Zoo).

Do you work in STEM or STEM-education? Then this webinar is for you!

Register in advance using the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Meet Juli Berwald, PhD
Monday, June 20, 2022

7 p.m. CDT
Located in the Anheuser Busch Theater at the Zoo's North Entrance
In-Person / Masks Recommended 
Register here to attend virtually

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and Life on the Rocks, and a science textbook writer and editor, Berwald has written for several publications including The New York, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate.

A book signing will take place after the event. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Event begins at 7:00 p.m.