2013 Wildlife Conservation Series

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2013 Wildlife Conservation Series

Feb 7, 2013

Blank Park Zoo to host three conservation specialists on conservation of Okapi, Lions & Rhinos. The first of the series will be on February 28 when John Lukas, founder of the Okapi Conservation Project in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will speak about saving the okapi.

Click here for a picture of John Lukas.


DES MOINES, Iowa (February 7, 2013) –
Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo announced today its Wildlife Conservation Series for 2013 and features speakers on three endangered African animals: okapi, lions and rhinoceros. The first of the series will be on February 28 when John Lukas, founder of the Okapi Conservation Project in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will speak about saving the okapi.

“With the opening of Blank Park Zoo’s new Africa exhibit this spring, it’s a great time to focus on the threats to these animals in the wild. These speakers are experts in working to save these highly endangered animals. You’ll learn what they are doing and how you can help them in their efforts,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO of Blank Park Zoo.

John Lukas
Active in international conservation, John Lukas is the president of White Oak Conservation Center, Inc. which raises funds for conservation projects, including the Okapi Conservation Project in the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This project protects the wild population of okapi by supporting rangers and assisting local communities.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Blank Park Zoo

Dr. Amy Dickman
Dr. Dickman is the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Oxford University, and has over 15 years of experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specializing in big cats. In 2011, she was awarded the Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Blank Park Zoo

Bill Konstant
Bill Konstant is the Program Officer for the International Rhino Foundation and has held positions with the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Preservation Trust International and Conservation International, and has helped establish endangered species conservation programs at the Philadelphia Zoo and Houston Zoo.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Blank Park Zoo

Ticket bundles are available. Purchase at www.blankparkzoo.com or call the zoo at 515-285-4722.

Non-Members:
$20 per session
$50 for all three sessions

Members:
$15 per session
$40 for all three sessions

The events start at 6 p.m. with a social hour and appetizers and the guest speakers start at 7 p.m.

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Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week this winter. Winter Admission rates are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $6 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.

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