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Posted by Jen Clark Estes April 8, 2013 10:46 AM
Photo by Eric BaitchmanCurious about how zoos support conservation locally and globally? Intrigued by how research being done in zoos can help animals around the world? Find the answers to those questions and more during an engaging day focused on conservation and research at Franklin Park Zoo. The keynote address, "Chimpanzee Futures in a Crowded World: Lessons from Western Uganda," will be given by Dr. Richard Wrangham and Dr. Elizabeth Ross. For 25 years, Dr. Wrangham and Dr. Ross have collaborated inside and outside Uganda’s Kibale National Park to promote a long-term future for more than a thousand chimpanzees and tens of thousands of people. Between them, they bring the message of wildlife conservation and hope to the next generation of a critically important growing population living in a volatile area containing some of the world’s most precious wildlife resources. Following the keynote address, there will be panel discussions focused on studies within the Zoo and conservation in the field. Sat., April 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ages 15 and up. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $35 includes box lunch and Zoo admission. Students with ID and members, $25. Tropical Forest Classroom, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, Boston. www.zoonewengland.org
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.