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Ghosts in the Sand: Can an Extinct Species Help Save Sahelo-Saharan Wildlife?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: John Newby, Chief Executive Officer, Sahara Conservation Fund
The scimitar-horned oryx once numbered in the hundreds of thousands across the Sahelo-Saharan Zone of North and West Africa, but faded to extinction by the early 1990s. Paradoxically, this magnificent antelope species thrives in human care in zoo and private collections across the US, Europe and the Middle East, and in surprisingly large numbers. John Newby, CEO of Sahara Conservation Fund and Conservation Fellow of the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute, will share his insights on the root causes of the scimitar’s extinction, and address the question of whether the resurrection of an extinct species using captive-bred animals can lead to a brighter future for other imperiled wildlife in Chad’s Ouadi Rimé/Ouadi Achim National Game Reserve. Can the oryx rise from the sands in time to help save Chad’s remaining Sahelo-Saharan wildlife?
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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