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

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

Saturday, October 15, 2016
3-5 p.m. in The Living World/North Entrance at Saint Louis Zoo 

Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, explorer, author and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence will present a free lecture for the public.  

Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Earle has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.

This event is presented by the Saint Louis Zoo in partnership with the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Academy of Science-St. Louis.

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.

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.