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Dragons Down Under: Adventures in Species Discovery and Conservation of Australian Lizards
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
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.
Featured speaker: Jane Melville, Ph.D., Senior Curator, Herpetology, Museums Victoria, Australia
An evolutionary and conservation biologist, Jane Melville has studied dragon lizards across the vast, hot, and dry continent of Australia for the last 20 years, naming 30 new species. The dragons are some of the world’s most iconic and best-known lizards. The spectacular frill-necked lizard, the prickly thorny devil, and the bearded dragon are popular as pets worldwide. Australia’s 102 dragon species show remarkable variety in color, shape and behavior.
Dr. Melville shares her admiration for these unique animals. Using spectacular images gathered for her recent book, Dragon Lizards of Australia, she presents the most recent understanding of their diversity, ecology and conservation.
Dragons Down Under is a Conservation Conversation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo, co-sponsored by the Living Earth Collaborative Center for Biodiversity.