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.