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Conservation Medicine: What It Is, Why Care, and How It Can Help with the Survival of Species

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Sharon L. Deem, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl ACZM, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Saint Louis Zoo, Wildcare Institute

Diseases that threaten the long-term survival of wildlife species and/or public health are increasingly recognized as challenges to the stability of the global economy. Many of these diseases are commonly known household names and include diseases such as West Nile virus, avian influenza, Lyme’s disease, SARS, Ebola virus, Monkey pox, white nose syndrome of bats, and chytridiomycosis in amphibians. During the past two decades, a new conservation and health care approach— Conservation Medicine—was developed with the aim to better understand and ensure the health of animals, humans, and ecosystems in a changing world. Veterinary Epidemiologist, Dr. Sharon Deem, tells why this holistic approach—Conservation Medicine—is imperative for endangered species’ conservation and public health. Based on information from various studies, including those conducted by staff at the Saint Louis Zoo, Dr. Deem presents the disease challenges to the conservation of species and gives examples of efforts to minimize the negative impacts associated with emerging infectious (and non-infectious) diseases; and she shares photos and stories on species’ survival from the caves of Missouri to the world’s oceans and elephants in Asia and Africa.

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 these no-cost lectures on topical issues in science. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

Conservation Conversations is Co-sponsored by:


Tuesday, December 6, 2011
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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