Carlton Ward, Jr., founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, addressed a record-high crowd in the second in a series of three Conservation Leadership Lectures at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The series is generously sponsored by Florida Crystals Corporation. During Ward’s presentation, which showcased stunning photographs of his 1,000-mile trek across Florida, he noted how the Zoo was fulfilling its mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. “It’s inspiring to hear how action-oriented this zoo is,” Ward said.
Andrew Aiken, President & CEO for the Zoo, said, “Carlton Ward's lecture on the Florida Wildlife Corridor was an inspiring story about remaining wild spaces and cultural heritage alive and well throughout our state.”
“His photographic talent is spectacular, rivaled only by his remarkable ability to craft a riveting tale to a large audience,” Aiken continued. “Carlton continues to do important work to raise awareness of conservation issues - to preserve habitat, water quality, and our ranching and farming heritage - all meaningful things to consider as we deal with climate change, sea level rise, and a fast growing population in our state.
“In fact, our Zoo staff was so inspired by Carlton, the we presented him with a pledge to do our own Wildlife Corridor trek through Palm Beach County from the east coast to Lake Okeechobee over the next year. You should see the list of guests from the lecture who have already signed up to join us!”
The third lecture at the Zoo will occur on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., titled “Florida Panther Habitat Conservation and Connectivity,” featuring conservation biologist, Richard A. Hilsenbeck, Ph.D. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and Zoo animal encounters before each lecture presentation begins, from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. To purchase your tickets online, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo, at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.