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Stories from the Wild: Wildlife Speakers

Saving Gorillas in Africa: Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg

Hope for Grauer’s gorillas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Gorilla at GRACE in Democratic Republic of Congo
Gorilla at GRACE in Democratic Republic of Congo

Speaker:

Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg, Executive Director, GRACE, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg is a great ape behavioral biologist with over a decade of experience working in great ape conservation. She is currently the Executive Director of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center, a sanctuary and conservation project for highly endangered Grauer’s gorillas, a little-known gorilla subspecies that is endemic to war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  GRACE was founded in 2009 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to rehabilitate orphaned Grauer’s gorillas and to work alongside local communities to ensure gorilla survival in the wild.

When:

September 22, 2015
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30

Where:

The Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center Auditorium. Please enter through Gate 8 in the zoo’s main parking lot.

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The Houston Zoo has assisted with saving and rehabilitating 14 orphaned gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa through our partnership GRACE.

Houston Zoo Staff Saving Wildlife

The special presentation has two Speakers:

Saving our Ocean’s Coral, Mike Concannon, Aquarium Supervisor

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Saving Blue Billed Curassow in Colombia, Chris Holmes, Assistant Curator of Birds

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When:

November 10th, 2015
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30

Where:

The Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center Auditorium. Please enter through Gate 8 in the zoo’s main parking lot.

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Wild Treasures of Coastal Patagonia

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Speaker:

Dr. Marcela Uhart is the Regional Director of the Latin American Program at the Wildlife Health Center, University of California, Davis, and is based in Argentina. Dr. Uhart has been investigating marine wildlife in Patagonia for twenty years, focusing on the health and conservation of whales, turtles, penguins, albatrosses, elephant seals and other iconic species.

When:

December 9th, 2015
6:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00pm – please note the earlier start time for this event

Where:

The Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center Auditorium. Please enter through Gate 8 in the zoo’s main parking lot.

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Speaker Events Sponsored By

The C.T. Bauer Foundation


Questions about the Call of the Wild Speaker Series?
Email conservation@houstonzoo.org