Conservation Lecture #2
“Symbiosis and the Sloth” – presented by Maya Kaup, Master’s of Science Candidate at the University of Mississippi
Maya Kaup is a Humboldt native who grew up at the Sequoia Park Zoo. When she turned 16, she began volunteering through the Animal Care Volunteer program (formerly Zoo Crew) to gain experience with animal husbandry. After graduating from Eureka High School, she moved to Salem, Oregon to attend Willamette University. While pursuing her B.A. in Biology, she also worked at Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center, caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. She graduated in 2017 and now attends the University of Mississippi where she is pursuing a M.S. in Biology.
Maya’s research focuses on the many microorganisms living in the fur of sloths. She will discuss the reasons why sloths are so interesting to study and will present her current research, taking the audience on a journey through the rainforests of Costa Rica.
The Mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
As an AZA accredited facility, Sequoia Park Zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission. This includes spreading awareness about threats to wildlife and habitats, inspiring conservation action among our visitors, and helping to fund conservation field work.