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 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Zoo, 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.
Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. Cocktails & passed hors d'oeuvres will be served. 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.