Sessions and Speakers

Opening Session

Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:00PM

Let's kick it off with an opening session that highlights successes in the field and worldwide conservation. Our opening session will feature Cris Hagen with the Turtle Survival Alliance. Cris is the Director of Animal Management with the Alliance and comes from a strong background of chelodian conservation, management, and research. Join us as Cris shares stories from the field inspire and make the Turtle Survival Alliance a critical partnership with the IUCN for turtle and tortoise conservation. 

General Sessions

Included in Conference Registration 

8:45AM - 9:40AM Sessions

Action for Primates: PASA's Response to the West African Illegal Wildlife Trade - Kaitlyn Brock

Anteater: Nashville Zoo and the Pantanal - Kerry Foth

Saving Mankind One Horseshoe Crab at a Time - Ronit Kalmanor 

Conflict to Conservation: Why Modern Zoos and Aquariums Matter - Ren Love

9:45AM - 10:40AM Sessions

Action for Primates: PASA's Response to the West African Illegal Wildlife Trade - Kaitlyn Brock

Tigers United: Harnessing the Power of Land Grant Universities in the Fight to Save Our Mascot - Dr. Brett Wright

Volunteer Resilience - Ellen Kulie

Helping Zoo Guests to Reshape their View of Snakes - Jenny Reineck

10:45AM - 11:40AM Sessions

Biofact Interpretation with the Campbell Museum of Natural Science - Melissa Fuentes

An Intimate Look at Elephant Conservation Efforts in Kenya - Larry and Hilde Martin

Anteater: Nashville Zoo and the Pantanal - Kerry Foth

Conflict to Conservation: Why Modern Zoos and Aquariums Matter - Ren Love

Speaker Luncheon at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Embassy Suites 
12:00PM - 1:30PM

Additional Ticket Required: SOLD OUT

Celebrated naturalist, Rudy Mancke, will be speaking at this year's luncheon. Mancke is known for his radio spot, Nature Notes, and South Carolina ETV's NatureScene Nature Noteswhich began filming in 1978. 

Learn more about Rudy Mancke

1:30PM - 2:25PM Sessions

Biofact Interpretation with the Campbell Museum of Natural Science - Melissa Fuentes

Saving Mankind One Horseshoe Crab at a Time - Ronit Kalmanor

Volunteer Resilience - Ellen Kulie

An Intimate Look at Elephant Conservation Efforts in Kenya - Larry and Hilde Martin

2:30PM - 3:25PM Sessions

Operant Conditioning: A Day in the Life of a Greenville Zoo Keeper - Jenn Fair

Helping Zoo Guests to Reshape their View of Snakes - Jenny Reineck

Action for Primates: PASA's Response to the West African Illegal Wildlife Trade - Kaitlyn Brock

Using Zoos to Foster Empathy - Jennifer Garcia

Closing Session

Saturday, September 28, 2019 6:30PM

Included in Conference Registration 

Celebrate another year of stimulating lectures, exciting trips, and good friends with our closing banquet. Join us as the Greenville Zoo's Orangutan Birth Team sit on a panel to explain the process of monitoring a high risk pregnancy in a Sumatran orangutan. Our team will explain making the tough decisions behind performing a cesarean birth, and hand raising the baby while mom healed from surgery. 

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