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Hope for the Wild - 2018 Speaker Series

  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Address: 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315
  • 6 - 7pm: Cocktail Hour; 7pm: Presentation
  • Phone: (515) 974-2533
  • Price: Members: $20 each; $50 for whole series; Non-Members: $25 each or $60 for series; Students: $15 each or $35 for series

The 2018 series includes Ian Nichols, Susie Louis and Michele Miller. Each 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.

February 1 - Ian Nichols - 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.

March 1 - Susie Louis - 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.

April 5 - Michele Miller - 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.

Tickets can be purchased online through website.

Hope for the Wild - 2018 Speaker Series
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  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Members: $20 each; $50 for whole series; Non-Members: $25 each or $60 for series; Students: $15 each or $35 for series