More than one hundred attendees came to the first of two Conservation Leadership Lectures at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, featuring Syd Kitson, President and CEO of Kitson & Partners and former NFL player. Both events in the 2014 Conservation Leadership Lecture Series are generously sponsored by Florida Crystals Corporation.
In “An Evening with Syd Kitson,” Kitson discussed his revolutionary plans to build a solar-powered city in southwest Florida. He spoke of his goals for Babcock Ranch to be a sustainable, green community amidst the natural splendor of Florida’s undeveloped wilderness, providing an exceptional example of environmental preservation and responsible growth.
“For so long, I’ve been telling the story about Babcock Ranch over on the west coast,” Kitson said, addressing the crowd of 111 attendees. “This is my first opportunity to do it here. I just can’t think of a better place than at the Palm Beach Zoo.”
“This is the sort of work the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society endorses,” said Andrew Aiken, President and CEO for the Zoo. “We feel strongly that with committed developers like Syd Kitson, it is possible in Florida to both accommodate new residents in our state and preserve and protect our native species from extinction.”
The second event in the 2014 Conservation Leadership Lecture Series features Carlton Ward, Jr., native Floridian and environmental photojournalist, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also at the Zoo’s Tropics Café.
Seating for the next Conservation Leadership Lecture is limited. Tickets are $20 per person. Cocktails & passed hors d'oeuvres will be served. To purchase your tickets, please visit us online, or call the Zoo at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.