Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Virtual “Wildlife Education Series” returns this spring with two incredible talks highlighting two magnificent species. This educational program covers a variety of scientific topics, ranging from biology to animal behavior to conservation science. The events are geared to inquisitive individuals who are eager to learn and ask questions.

On Thursday, April 1, BPZOO welcomes Dr. Susan Mikota, Director of Veterinary Services and Research for Elephant Care International (ECI), who will present “Care and Conservation of Elephants in Asia”. According to the press release, “ECI is dedicated to the healthcare, welfare, and conservation of elephants and to facilitating data sharing among elephant professionals and programs focused on care (healthcare and welfare of individuals and groups), conservation (mitigation of disease where captive and wild elephant interface) and capacity building (through training veterinarians and providing technical support, equipment, and supplies). Dr. Mikota will discuss the status of captive and wild elephants in Asia with a focus on ECI projects in select countries.”

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The second installment of this popular education series will be held on Wednesday, April 28, and will feature Alysa McCall, Director of Conservation Outreach, and Marissa Krouse, Program Manager for Polar Bears International (PBI). According to the press release, “PBI is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to wild polar bears. Through research, education, and advocacy we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.”

Both of these events in the “Wildlife Education Series” will be held virtually on Zoom, at 7 pm on the respective dates. Although it is free to attend, pre-registration is required. For more information, click HERE.

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