Florida Panther Conservation Leadership Lecture Draws Crowd
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. June 12, 2014 — A crowd of 130 attendees enjoyed a Conservation Leadership Lecture featuring “Florida Panther Habitat Conservation and Connectivity” given by Dr. Richard A. Hilsenbeck at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on June 12, 2014. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, Zoo animal encounters and the sounds of a string quartet from the Palm Beach Public Schools Orchestral Strings.
Dr. Hilsenbeck, who spent more than 23 years as a conservation biologist with The Nature Conservancy, said Florida panthers now live in less than 5% of their historic range, with mortality locations typically along roadways. “The recovery strategy for the Florida Panther is to maintain, restore and expand the panther population and its habitat in South Florida,” said Hilsenbeck.
The first Conservation Leadership Lecture for the new season was announced by Andrew Aiken, President & CEO for the Zoo. The public is invited to attend a September 18th lecture, featuring Mallory Dimmitt, Executive Director at the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). Dimmitt coordinates the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition project team, and she participated in six weeks of the 100-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition trek from the Everglades to the Okefenokee in Spring of 2012.
About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others.
The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org
Florida Panther Conservation Leadership Lecture Draws Crowd. Next Lecture Announced. Organized By The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
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