Free Conservation Lecture on Species Recovery in the Pacific Northwest
January 28, 2014—Join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. to learn about Pacific Northwest species recovery and how zoos can support these efforts through endangered species breeding programs during Sequoia Park Zoo’s February conservation lecture.
Habitat restoration is key to the recovery of most threatened species, but all too often habitat restoration alone is not enough, as we’ve seen with the Northern spotted owl, the California condor, the Pacific fisher, and many other species. The California condor is a notable example of an alternate solution to successful species survival – one that utilizes partnerships with zoos for the breeding and rearing of endangered animals for release into the wild. Other opportunities exist with endangered butterflies, frogs, turtles, and even rabbits.
The Oregon Zoo in Portland has specialized in zoo breeding for threatened Pacific Northwest species for more than 15 years and, in doing so, has had some great successes and formed some unique partnerships. Join us for a journey through the Oregon experience with Oregon Zoo’s species survival specialist Dr. David Shepherdson and learn more about the important role zoos and aquariums can play in preserving the species diversity of our local environment.
“The fields of conservation and animal welfare have not always sat well together,” says Dr. Shepherdson. “However, today’s zoos are more focused on conservation than at any time in the past. By plotting a direct path from individual animals to entirely new populations in the wild, zoos and conservationists together can successfully restore species to the wild.”
Dr. Shepherdson completed his Ph.D. in the U.K. in the behavioral ecology of wild badgers before starting a job at the Zoological Society of London in 1987. There, Dr. Shepherdson applied animal behavior techniques to assess the effectiveness of environmental enrichment on zoo animals. In 1991, he relocated to the US to continue his work at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. An interest in the welfare of wild populations led Shepherdson to begin work on species recovery programs, a program he continues to grow to this day.
The talk will take place in the Zoo’s classroom in the Secrets of the Forest building at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19 and a reception will be held half an hour beforehand. There is no charge to attend, and both Zoo members and non-members are invited. Enter through the main Zoo gates. RSVP to the event on Facebook here.
For more information:
Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager