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Conservation & Science Speaker Series

Real Issues. Real Science. Real People.

With all that is going on in the world and where the questioning of the legitimacy of every aspect of science is becoming all too common, the best way to restore the community's confidence in the scientific method is to show them the science. The best people to do that are the scientists and experts themselves.
Niabi Zoo regularly hosts scientists discussing real issues in zoology, climate science, veterinary medicine, ecology, animal behavior, horticulture and more. These are presentations by people with specialized and deep knowledge of species and issues that are related to the natural world.

Geared toward interested adults to bring real science into our community's conversations, Zoo Members, Zoo Volunteers, & College Students (with Valid ID) can attend for no charge. Non-members can attend for $8 per person. There is no parking fee to attend.  

Only through education can we hope to inspire people to act, and only through action can conservation occur. 
Seating is limited so please register for each below. The Conservation & Science Speakers for 2018 are as follows:

Thursday, December 13, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Jennifer Snell Rullman, Assistant Director of Conservation, Snow Leopard Trust
  • Title: Snow Leopards: A Report from the Field
  • Register Here
Sunday, November 11, 3pm-4pm
  • Travis Livieri, Executive Director, Prairie Wildlife Research
  • Title: Saving the Endangered Black-footed Ferret
  • Register Here
Thursday, October 4, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Ray Wolf, Science & Communications Officer, NOAA
  • Title: Climate Change – an Ecological Perspective
  • Register Here

It is with great thanks that each of the following Conservation & Science Speakers have helped Niabi Zoo bring conservation issues to life for the Quad Cities area. 

Thursday, September 6 
  • Dr. Kira Mileham, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Title: How Do We Know Which Animals Need Our Help? Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for species survival

Thursday, August 9 
  • Allison Devlin, Research Associate, Panthera
  • Title:  Life of the Jaguar: Studying and Saving the Americas’ Largest Felid

Thursday, July 19 
  • Debbie Clemens, Conservation Biologist
  • Title: Orangutan Conservation & the Palm Oil Crisis

Tuesday, April 17  
  • Dr. Kenneth McCravy, Professor of Biological Sciences with Western Illinois University
  • Title: Bee and Beetle Diversity Studies in Illinois

Wednesday, March 28  
  • Dr. Gregory Rasmussen, Research associate, University of Zimbabwe; Affiliate, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit,  Oxford University, UK 
  • Title: Challenges and triumphs: Protecting the endangered Painted Dog in a human dominated landscape.

Thursday, March 1  
  • Juan Campos Krauer, DVM, Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences & Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida
  • Title: The Gran Chaco of Paraguay: An Animal Paradise at Risk
Wednesday, February 21  
  • Martha Smith, Extension Educator in Horticulture, University of Illinois 
  • Title: Attract, Observe, & Understand Pollinators

Thursday, February 15 
  • Dr. Gerald Zuercher, Professor of Vertebrate Ecology, University of Dubuque 
  • Title: Fading into night: The current state of bats in the upper Midwest.