Sessions and Speakers

Opening Session

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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. 

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8:45AM - 9:40AM Sessions
9:45AM - 10:40AM Sessions
10:45AM - 11:40AM Sessions
Speaker Luncheon at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Embassy Suites 
12:00PM - 1:30PM

Additional Ticket Required: $50 for conference attendees and guests. Spaces are limited!

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. 

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1:30PM - 2:25PM Sessions
2:30PM - 3:25PM Sessions
3:30PM - 4:25PM Sessions

Closing Session

Saturday, September 28, 2019 6:30PM

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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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