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Speaker Series and Classes

Conservation Speaker Series

Learn from the experts. This enlightening Conservation Speaker Series highlights programs and projects The Living Desert supports through financial contributions, partnerships and more. We’re proud to bring world-renowned experts, researchers, biologists, and conservationists to share their stories and experiences about conservation projects happening around the world.

The Living Desert's Speaker Series is open to the public.


Upcoming Lectures:
 

September 17, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Mary Wykstra of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
A Decade of Success for Cheetah Conservation

Mary Wykstra is the Executive Director overseeing the Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) programs. ACK has been affiliated with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Kenya Wildlife Service since 2001 and was officially registered in Kenya in 2009. Mary’s presentation will focus on a “Decade of Success”  for cheetah conservation since ACK was registered – from cheetah monitoring to conflict mitigation and scat detection dogs – ACK work is a model for carnivore conservation on a grass roots level.

 

October 16, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Killing Poachers is Not the Answer: Community Based Conservation as A More Effective Tool

Caring for nature is among the greatest challenges we have, particularly when some of our largest and most charismatic animals such as the vaquita, an endangered porpoise, and rhinos are the victims of escalating rates of poaching. In this talk, Dr. James Danoff-Burg will discuss the common response of Westerners to poaching will undermine conservation. Instead, he will propose that genuinely engaging communities can better address poaching more effectively than a militaristic approach.

 

November 20, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Allen Monroe, President and CEO of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Reality of Our Changing Climate and How it Affects Our Wildlife

Hotter summers, drier grasslands, more frequent and more intense fires. We are experiencing a change in our climate that is threatening our homes, our lifestyles, and importantly our wildlife and wildlands. Allen Monroe, President and CEO of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will detail these changes, but will also share reasons why we should be hopeful. We must, we can, and we will combat climate change – together!

 


 

Living Desert University

 

Just because you’re ‘all grown up’ doesn’t mean you’re too old for some wild education at the zoo! Through LDU we are pleased to offer adults the chance to learn more about our desert biome. We have Garden & Home tours and nature themed walks to some of the Coachella Valley’s most interesting locations—including several outings to the world-renowned Smoke Tree Ranch. 

Open to the public; however, space is limited. Fees apply.

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For more information, contact us at (760)346-5694 or email LDU@LivingDesert.org.