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APRIL PROGRAM: Lowry Park Zoo - Conserving Florida's Natural Resources

Program:  LOWRY PARK ZOO -  Conserving Florida’s Natural Resources

Speakers: Craig Pugh, Executive Director/CEO, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Dr. Lawrence E. Killmar, VP of Animal Science and Conservation, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

A decade ago, the State of Florida declared Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo a state center for Florida species conservation and biodiversity. For a number of species like Florida’s endangered manatees, merely encouraging awareness of environmental issues is not enough.   

The role of a modern zoo is to provide people unique opportunities to appreciate the variety of life on earth, to get close enough to care, and care enough to act. One of the ways we accomplish this is by connecting wildlife to wild places.

The Zoo’s Manatee Hospital expands the traditional boundaries of a Zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees.  It is the only non-profit hospital in the world specifically dedicated to the treatment of these endangered animals.

To date, the Zoo has treated more than 330 manatees for a variety of severe illnesses and catastrophic injuries, reintroducing nearly 200 into Florida waters. Sierra Club is honored to present the executive director and  vice-president of animal science and conservation  for this program on the Zoo’s efforts to conserve Florida’s endangered species, and what you can do to help.

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  • Irene R.

    Excellent Program! Both speakers were very knowledgeable & informative!

    April 17, 2014

  • Gene C.

    Two wonderfully talented representatives from Lowry Park Zoo made for an informative and very interesting time. I could see their passion and dedication in their eyes and through their thoughtfull presentation. Thank you Sierra Club for setting this up..

    1 · April 14, 2014

    • Carol M.

      Two great men with a mission.

      April 14, 2014

  • Kathi B.

    I already have a meetup planned for tomorrow nite

    April 13, 2014

  • Marcia

    We are privileged to have them join us ... please spread the word!

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Carol M.

    I am a volunteer docent at Lowfy Park Zoo and always look forward to hearing Craig Pugh and Dr. Larry Kilmer speak. Both have a wealth of knowledge and experience and a deep committment.

    1 · March 17, 2014

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