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

Protecting Rhinos and Elephants from Illegal Poaching in Southern Africa

Damien Mander, Founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation 

Monday, October 24, 2016
7:30 to 9 p.m. in The Living World/North Entrance at Saint Louis Zoo

Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), is a former Navy clearance diver who spent three years working in Iraq with several private military organizations.

The IAPF was founded in 2009 with a mission to develop, implement and resource anti-poaching solutions to protect rhinos and elephants from illegal poaching. IAPF plays a critical role in safeguarding rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife, as well as their critical habitats.

In his presentation, Damien will discuss the role of anti-poaching rangers in southern Africa and what is required today to safeguard the environment for tomorrow. Damien will also discuss how we can all be agents for change in a generation that is challenging the natural world.

The Conservation Conversation is co-sponsored by The Academy of Science-St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.

Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum

Mosquitoes: Ecology, Disease Vectors, and Control

Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Living World, Saint Louis Zoo

5:30 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing
6-8:30 p.m. Sessions
7 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

See flier for session descriptions and panelists.

Registration is required: Call: (314)-516-4246, or email:

Co-sponsored by: Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, University of Missouri-St. LouisMissouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo, and the Academy of Science-St. Louis.

Money, Myths and Man-Eaters: Big Cat Conservation in Tanzania and Beyond

Amy Dickman, Ph.D., founder of Oxford University's Ruaha Carnivore Project

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:30 to 9 p.m. in The Living World/North Entrance at Saint Louis Zoo

Amy Dickman is one of the world's leading experts on large carnivore conservation, and with help from the Saint Louis Zoo's WildCare Institute, she has spent over 20 years conserving big cats in Africa. During this presentation, she will discuss how she got involved in big cat conservation and highlight the challenges of trying to save large, dangerous animals in some of the world's poorest communities. She will also explain how her team has dealt with hostility, intertribal conflicts and beliefs of witchcraft, as well as initiatives they have designed to help protect livestock, empower local communities and encourage the long-term conservation of big cats.

This 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, option 6.