Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Jeff Ettling, Ph.D., Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Herpetology and Aquatics, Director of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Western Asia and Director of the Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation.
Shortly after the launch of the Zoo's WildCare Institute in 2004, Dr. Ettling made his first trip to Armenia to start an investigation into the spatial ecology and population ecology of the Armenian viper. It's hard to believe that was nine years ago and that he has now made 13 trips to Armenia ranging in length from two weeks to two months. The research team had a good idea of what they were going to try to accomplish with their study, but they had no idea at the time how much impact the program would truly end up having for the conservation of the Armenian viper and for other wildlife. Dr. Ettling will provide a retrospective look at what they've learned about Armenian vipers, how their work has impacted the conservation of the species and the changes that have transpired in the structure of what started out as the Center for the Conservation of Near East Mountain Vipers.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.
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