Member: $20 per event, $50 for Series
Non-Member: $25 per event, $60 for Series
Student: $15 per speaker, $35 for Series
6:00pm - 7:00pm Cocktail Hour
Join us as we hear from three wildlife heroes, giving us hope for the future of wildlife. A portion of all revenue made at Blank Park Zoo goes to save animals in the WILD.
The 2018 speakers include Ian Nichols, Susie Louis and Michele Miller. Each speaker will share how they use their unique talents to save wildlife. From wildlife photography to exotic animal veterinary care, each speaker has remarkable journey to help preserve the natural world.
GREAT APE SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION IN CONGO
Ian Chase Nichols is an emerging figure in the field of photography and conservation with vast expertise in capturing captivating images of the world’s rarest and elusive wildlife. His quiet work behind the camera is instantly recognizable, and his photos have appeared in many venues such as National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. His photos capture authentic moments that inspire awareness in others and foster positive change in our world.
UTILIZING EDUCATION AS A WEAPON IN THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES IN MADAGASCAR
Susie Louis is the Founder and Director of Conservation Fusion, an international organization with a mission of education to build and strengthen our world. Her work spans the globe with a focus on the island of Madagascar. As an entrepreneur, artist and author, this former zookeeper publishes children’s books and peer-reviewed scientific articles to share her vision for a sustainable future. Blank Park Zoo has funded Conservation Fusion since 2013 and helped build the “Dream School” in Madagascar.
RHINO CONSERVATION IN AFRICA – PAST, PRESENT, AND HOW WE CAN AFFECT THE FUTURE
Michele Miller is the veterinary advisor for hippos, rhinos, and elephants for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She moved to South Africa in 2013 and is currently the National Research Foundation South African Research Chair in Animal TB at Stellenbosch University, although she is based full-time in Kruger National Park. Miller is actively involved in wildlife research and conservation and has a passion for all things “big and gray.” She has developed a life-long commitment to improve knowledge to provide better welfare for human-managed animals and conservation of wild populations.
Teachers, educators and mentors: Don't miss this unforgettable opportunity for your students to meet three wildlife heroes. All students will be included in a special Q&A session after each presentation. These sessions are catered to help your students channel their passions and find out how to be a positive change in the world.
Student tickets:* $8, $20 for series
3:45-4:00 PM - refreshments
4:00 PM - presentation and Q&A session
Every teacher who brings 25 students or more to the entire series will be awarded a behind the scenes tour with their attending students at Blank Park Zoo (Some restrictions apply)
For more information, call 515-285-4722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All events will be held at Blank Park Zoo | 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50315