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The Impact of the Punta San Juan Program on Peru’s Marine Protected Reserve System
Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PMFree
Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium (north entrance), 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Featured Speaker: Susana Cardenas Alayza, Director Punta San Juan Program, Center for Environmental Sustainability/Cayetano Heredia University of Lima
Susana is a Peruvian biologist from The Cayetano Heredia University. She holds an MSc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Ms. Cardenas is currently the Director for the Punta San Juan Program and Field Program Coordinator for Chicago Zoological Society. Susana has been conducting research on population dynamics and habitat preference of top marine predators since 2004. Finally, since 2011, she has been coordinating biologging in Punta San Juan on a suite of marine top predator species. The Center for Environmental Sustainability is the leading Peruvian partner for the Saint Louis Zoo’s Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru.
Punta San Juan is a peninsula located on the southern coast of Peru. Its species are isolated from predators by a concrete wall. Ecologically, it is an important breeding ground for charismatic marine wildlife species due to the short distance of its shores to upwelling spots, where the probability of finding food is high. It is currently home to Peru’s largest colony of Threatened Humboldt penguins and holds important colonies of South American fur seals, sea lions and guano birds. Punta San Juan has been protected by Peruvian government to aid seabird guano production since the 1940s. In 2009, it was included in a network of protected areas for Peru, further improving its legal protection. It also benefits from more than 30 years of support to make possible a long term research and monitoring site-based program linked to the Cayetano Heredia University. The goal of this program is to support government managers to further protect the Punta San Juan site and keep its populations ecologically viable and its area efficiently protected through sound science.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.
Parking is free in the Zoo’s North Lot.
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