Zoo\'s Evening Lecture Series Brings the Wonders of Wildlife to Bridgeport

Tue, 04/24/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - April 24, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce its Evening Lecture Series schedule. Sponsored by the Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association, all lectures will take place at 7:00 pm in the Hanson Exploration Station and refreshments will be served. There is a $5 suggested donation.

"These programs are designed to engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife," explained Gregg Dancho, Zoo director. "Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe."

The schedule is as follows:

May 2: The Carnivores of Africa

Andrew Stein will discuss the Conservation of African Large Carnivores, including threats to large carnivore populations and approaches that researchers and conservationists are using to face these challenges. Stein spent eight years working in East and Southern Africa.

May 16: Dinosaurs

Westminster biology and geology teacher Nick McDonald, who is regarded as the foremost authority on the paleontology of the Connecticut Valley, has written a new book titled "Window Into the Jurassic World." Take a giant leap back in time to visit the land of the dinosaurs.

June 20: View from a Kayak

Take a slow, summer paddle down a lazy river with speaker Jeff Feldmann. Moose, hawks, herons, eagles, and more will be our companions for the evening as we check out the view from a kayak.

July 18: Cougars Come to Town

Bill Betty, a mountain lion aficionado from Rhode Island, will discuss the often-controversial subject of cougars in the Northeast. His presentation includes cougar behavior, sport hunting, reproduction, pets, predation, and habituation. Various theories of cougar reoccupation in the Northeast will be discussed. His narrative of close encounters with nature's perfect predator gives compelling testimony about the presence of cougars in New England.

August 15: Crocodiles in Paradise

Join world-renowned crocodilian expert Peter Braizitis as he regales the audience with stories of his life working with nature's oldest reptiles. He is an expert witness in smuggling cases and showing which patterns prove an importer was trafficking in endangered species. He has hunted Goliath frogs through the swamps of Cameroon and he is the father of a crucial advance in the captive breeding of crocodilians: a reliable way to tell males from females. Come hear the fascinating tales from over four decades of working with gators.

September 19: Wildlife in Crisis

Wildlife in Crisis is a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife preservation and land conservation. This presentation will highlight the hazards that wild animals face on a daily basis-from a raccoon with a peanut butter jar stuck on his head to a fawn in the swimming pool. Learn how to prevent and respond to these situations. This program also will tackle common wildlife myths. Do mother birds reject babies touched by humans? Are raccoons seen in broad daylight always rabid? Join us as we ferret out fact from fiction.

For more information on the Zoo's Evening Lecture Series, please visit www.beardsleyzoo.org or follow Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo on Facebook.

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