Wild Nature Institute – Masai Giraffe conservation
Thursday, August 16, 2018
12 to 1 pm
Kampala Conference Room at the Sacramento Zoo
*Included with zoo admission and free for Sacramento Zoo members. No RSVP needed.
The founders of Wild Nature Institute will discuss their organization’s efforts in Masai giraffe conservation. Learn about their goal of Masai giraffe conservation science and its mission to understand where giraffes are doing well and where they are not, and why. The Wild Nature Institute is currently conducting the world’s largest individual-based study of Masai giraffes. They are using pattern-recognition software to track more than 3,000 individuals in a 1,500-square kilometer area to understand births, deaths, and movements in the fragmented Tarangire Ecosystem in northern Tanzania. So stop by Kampala Cafe to grab some lunch and learn how the Sacramento Zoo and YOU are helping to save this endangered species. See you there!
Previous Brown Bag Lunches
In this talk, the Cosumnes River Preserve manager discussed the restoration of priority freshwater wetlands for endangered species at the Cosumnes river preserve and their plan to restore over 100 acres of priority wetlands and oak woodlands on the preserve. This immediately benefits the threatened Giant Garter Snake and the protected Greater Sandhill Crane, as well as many other species of special concern.
This brown bag lunch was about about restoring foothill yellow-legged frog populations to the Feather River. Discussed was how frogs are croaking in record numbers and how this Quarters for Conservation project aids in recovery efforts to avoid extinction. Supporting this project is taking part in positive action to save a native California species and give it legs to thrive and repopulate in the wild. Also discussed was how to spot breeding sites to avoid disturbing eggs. As they say in the frog world, tread water not frogs!
This brown bag lunch talk was with Dr. Gregory Rasmussen of the Painted Dog Research Trust. These social dogs are one of the most endangered carnivore in the world, with approximately 5,000 existing in the wild and one sixth of this population in Zimbabwe. The Painted Dog Research Trust is one of the 2018 Quarters for Conservation projects that your zoo visit supports.
This brown bag lunch was with Sacramento Zoo education specialist Chris Llewellyn. Earlier this year Chris traveled to Africa to participate in the Great Grevy’s Rally. The Grevy’s zebra has suffered one of the most drastic population declines of any African mammal, due to climate change, habitat loss and competition with livestock. The Great Grevy’s Rally is a census of the population, which will aid Grevy’s Zebra Trust and their conservation partners in safeguarding the future of the Grevy’s zebra.
Check out the Zebra Rally webpage as we followed along.
Quarters for Conservation Projects