Free Evening Conservation Lectures Return to Zoo in November

“Coffee and Conservation in Jamaica, Kenya, and India”

todyCopy_smallerNovember 1, 2013 – Sequoia Park Zoo’s free Conservation Lecture Series kicks off on Wednesday, November 13 with a fascinating look at how birds and agriculture can coexist to benefit both in the world’s leading coffee-producing regions.

Matt Johnson, Professor of Wildlife at Humboldt State University, will talk about the impact of rapid economic development in the Global South and its effects on wildlife as the world population continues to grow and is estimated to reach 9 billion within the next 50 years. Using coffee cultivation in Jamaica, Kenya, and India as examples, Professor Johnson explains principles and techniques for wildlife-friendly farming that provide economic enterprise, meet agricultural demands, and provide habitat for tropical birds.

“Conserving wildlife in today’s world requires us to work toward meeting the needs of animals and people,” says Johnson. “I look forward to sharing my ideas with the community here in Humboldt.”

Conservation lecture series speaker and Humboldt State University Professor Matt

Conservation lecture series speaker and Humboldt State University Professor Matt Johnson.

Matt Johnson is a professor of Wildlife at Humboldt State University, where he has taught since 1999. He specializes in wildlife habitat ecology both locally and abroad, and has worked on bird ecology in Jamaica for over 15 years. He has recently expanded that work into Africa and India, and is interested in integrating agriculture and wildlife conservation. He lives in Freshwater with his wife and two children.

The talk will take place in the Zoo’s classroom in the Secrets of the Forest building at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 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.

“Conservation is important to our work here at the Sequoia Park Zoo,” says Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager and Chair of the Conservation Advisory Committee. “By looking at agriculture in the context of wildlife needs in coffee-growing areas, we can learn better ways to sustain both, and hopefully make coffee consuming choices that benefit wildlife, even here in Humboldt!”

The next lecture in the series will take place on Wednesday December 11, 2013. Dave Garcelon, President and Biologist at the Institute for Wildlife Studies, will present “Bringing Eagles Home: 35 years of effort to restore Bald Eagles to the Channel Islands of California.” For additional information about our upcoming lectures visit our conservation events page here.

Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W Street in Eureka.

For more information, contact:

Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager

Phone:     707-441-4227

E-mail:     ten.o1455210058ozkra1455210058paiou1455210058qes@r1455210058egana1455210058mooz1455210058

To see a full schedule of our conservation lecture series visit our conservation events page.


November 13, 2014 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 am
Please contact the Zoo Ticket Booth for admission prices. (707) 441-4263


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