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Conservation Conversations: Where the Wild Things Are: Exploring How Society Shapes the Biodiversity of Cities

Tuesday, May 17 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Saint Louis Zoo
Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Following government guidelines, the Zoo no longer has mask requirements for guests, but still recommends that guests wear them indoors. Please continue to be kind and considerate of others’ decisions to wear or not wear masks.

Featured Speaker: Christopher Schell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Berkeley Rausser College of Natural Resources, University of California

Drive across any major city (including St. Louis) and you’ll notice some neighborhoods have more trees, greener parks, and bigger yards. Often, these are the markers of social inequity, with wealthier neighborhoods frequently awash with shade and less affluent neighborhoods sliced up by freeways. The impacts of these inequities extend beyond people, with profound consequences for the biology of cities. Which features of a city impact animal persistence and species assemblages? How does social heterogeneity impact urban biodiversity? How do we build equitable strategies that give access to nature for all peoples? Evolutionary biologist, Chris Schell, explains how economic and racial inequities shape biodiversity patterns in cities, with particular focus on urban mammals; and he addresses how using a social-ecological and environmental justice lens is critical for developing human and wildlife resilience in an ever-changing world.

Where the Wild Things Are: Exploring How Society Shapes the Biodiversity of Cities is a Conservation Conversation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Living Earth Collaborative Center for Biodiversity. Conservation Conversations is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.


COVID-19 Personal Responsibility: Although safety precautions as to your visit are taken by the Saint Louis Zoo and The Academy of Science – St. Louis, every visitor is responsible for his or her personal safety and that of children or others under their supervision. In consideration of access to the Zoo, visitors (a) agree to comply with Zoo policies and instructions, including those on signage, (b) understand and agree that coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected individuals in the St. Louis area, that it is contagious and that it can spread to persons in any number of ways, (c) agree that they assume responsibility for any injury (including personal injury, disability or death), illness, damage, loss claim, liability, or expense arising out of or related to COVID-19 experienced or contracted in connection with a Zoo visit, (d) that they waive and release all claims against the Zoo and its commissioners, officers, employees, volunteers and agents, including The Academy of Science – St. Louis, relative to the foregoing matters, and (e) that they agree that the Zoo and The Academy of Science – St. Louis are legally entitled to sovereign immunity regarding to any such claims.

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Tuesday, May 17
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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