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Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children

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Conservation Speaker Series - Dr. Megan Parker

April 9, 2020

2020 Conservation Speaker Series: Climate, Condors and Conservation Canines

Thursday, February 6, March 5 and April 9

From the climate, to California Condors, to conservation canines, the 2020 Hope for the Wild Speaker Series truly has something to offer for every interest. Dr. Jerry Schnoor, Chris Parish and Dr. Megan Parker will each share their journey in how their expertise and talents have helped save wildlife and wild places. Please join Blank Park Zoo in welcoming these conservation champions. 

Afternoon Session:
4:00 PM Presentation
$15 for single afternoon session, $35 for series

Evening Session:
6:30 Doors Open and Soft Beverages Available
7:00 PM Presentation
$15 for single evening session, $35 for series

Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information, please call 515-974-2523 or email 

*Please note that Dr. Megan Parker's presentation on Working Dogs for Conservation has been moved to Thursday, April 9th


Dr. Megan ParkerDr. Megan Parker – Working Dogs for Conservation

Thursday, April 9, 2020

4:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Dogs can make great pets, but many just have too much energy to be content in a typical “pet” home. Working Dogs for Conservation gives many dogs a new purpose in life: to search for plants and animals that are often difficult to find. Dr. Megan Parker is a biologist and co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. Her team has rescued dogs from all over the country, training them to search out invasive plants, wildlife and poachers across the globe. She is interested in the international use of conservation canines, to help under-funded projects acquire excellent data, reduce costs and preserve endangered species. One such project she has been deeply involved with is the studying of chemical communication in African Painted Dogs. Working Dogs for Conservation even has Iowa ties, as they have supported the identification and removal of invasive plant species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Join Dr. Megan Parker on April 9, 2020 to learn more about canines as conservation allies.

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