Zoo Features Photo Exhibition of World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) presentation of “Madidi: Portraits of Bolivian Biodiversity,” on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Zoo’s Mayan Plaza. The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Ashley Schiff Ramos and The Schiff Foundation, as well as Florida Crystals Corporation. The Zoo funds continuing research in the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape, which is recognized as the most biologically diverse protected area in the world.

WCS’s Conservation Program in Bolivia takes place where many different ecosystems converge. Those ecosystems include Amazonian rainforests, montane cloud forests, lowland savannas, highland grasslands, dry inter-Andean forests and high Andean mountains.

“The Madidi region is critical for the conservation of endangered wildlife that have large home ranges,” said Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo. “Our jaguars here at the Zoo represent just one of the many South American animals impacted by the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program.”

“We hope to develop our local capacity here in South Florida to conserve the habitat of jaguars and other species,” Steele continued. “Our ultimate goal is to lower threats to their survival, including human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction for agriculture.”

WCS efforts have increased scientific knowledge about biodiversity, opened economic opportunities through community-based natural resource management and strengthened local capacities for the conservation and management of protected areas and indigenous territories with a landscape-scalevision.

Featured speakers during the Zoo’s presentation of “Madidi: Portraits of Bolivian Biodiversity” are: Julie Kunen, Executive Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program, Lilian Painter, Bolivia Country Director and Rob Wallace, Director of the Madidi Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program and Amazon Landscape Conservation Expert. Twenty large photographs of Madidi Tambopata, taken by Mileniusz Spanowicz, will be on display during the event.

The public is invited to RSVP to Renee Wellman at (718) 741-1655 or rwellman@wcs.org by February 18, 2014 to secure a seat during the presentation.

Photos by Mileniusz Spanowicz

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