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Conservation Speaker Series

Meet Our Conservation Heroes

Philadelphia Zoo supports conservation programs all over the world—and now, we are bringing the world to you! At our Conservation Speaker Series, guests will enjoy light refreshments while meeting the people who are saving animals in the wild, hear their stories, and connect with Philadelphia Zoo’s conservation programs like never before.

Each event in this series has limited space and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Saturday, June 15: Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

For over 25 years, Philadelphia Zoo has supported Save the Golden Lion Tamarin. Their work in the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil has been instrumental in bringing the wild population of golden lion tamarins from a low of 150 individuals to a current population of over 4,800! In this session, you will hear about the different strategies used to reconnect fragmented habitat and restore tamarin populations, and how Philadelphia Zoo supported and influenced this work.

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Date TBD: Zoo Amaru

Zoo Amaru, located in Cuenca, Ecuador, plays a critical role in amphibian conservation in their region. Over 10 years ago, the staff at Zoo Amaru partnered with Philadelphia Zoo to establish a multi-faceted amphibian conservation program that includes long-term populations monitoring, education, and the creation of the Amphibian Conservation Center at Zoo Amaru. In addition to amphibians, Zoo Amaru works with all threatened native wildlife, including large mammals like Andean bears. Join this session to learn about one of our closest partners and the critical work they are doing for Ecuadorian wildlife.

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Saturday, October 5: New Nature Foundation

The New Nature Foundation strives to conserve wildlife and wild places through education, empowerment, and an emphasis on creative solutions that promote people living in harmony with nature. Their current work focuses on Kibale National Park in western Uganda, where over 350 species live. A major part of their work is to teach the local people how to build and use efficient stoves that require far less firewood than traditional cooking methods, which reduces the need for deforestation. Both the founders and staff of this incredible program will be at Philadelphia Zoo for this session and will be sharing stories from over 20 years of conservation work.