What’s a Field Talk? It’s your chance to experience life on the front lines of wildlife conservation with the biologists, animal experts and wildlife advocates making a difference for threatened and endangered species around the globe. Enjoy a special lecture presentation and q&a session on the Zoo’s historic Mansion House porch.
FIELD TALK FOCUS: Elephants
This special Field Talk will take you into the wild for a discussion of critical elephant conservation efforts. Kate Evans, a research associate at the University of Bristol, will speak about the status of wild elephant populations and what’s being done to protect this endangered species on the ground in Africa. Learn what field experts are doing to conserve these majestic animals and how the Maryland Zoo’s is helping to support conservation efforts.
FIELD TALK INFORMATION
Event Date: Monday, November 6th
Time: Doors open at 6:30, talk begins promptly at 7:00
Cost: $20 per person
Member Cost: $10 per person
Zoo members, to receive your ticket discount you must first register on the Zoo’s online store. Click below to register. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discounts at checkout.
Additional donations on event night are encouraged to support the Maryland Zoo & Elephants for Africa.
Event features light refreshments. Cash bar also available.
More about featured speaker, Dr. Kate Evans:
With a lifelong passion for elephants, coupled with an inquisitive nature, Kate followed her childhood dream to work with and understand the great elephant. Kate has over 18 years of experience as a field biologist in Southern Africa. Having completed her BSc in Zoology in 1993 she volunteered throughout South Africa to gain fieldwork experience before returning to academia to complete a Masters on the parasitology of a pride of lion in the Okavango Delta at Swansea University. In 2002, she set up a long-term research project on elephants in northern Botswana with the support of Randall Moore, the Botswana Government and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, which was the basis of her PhD on adolescent male elephant behavior.
In addition to elephants and lions, she has studied meerkats in the Kalahari, insects in the Namib Desert, monkeys in South Africa and hippopotami in the Okavango Delta.
- In 2010 Elephants for Africa won the Best Research Award from Wetnose.
- In 2011, Kate Evans and Elephants for Africa won the George B Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society.
- Kate is a research associate of the University of Bristol, and a member of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group, the Elephant Specialist Advisory Group, the South African Wildlife Management Association, and the Zoological Society of Southern Africa.
She continues to be inspired by the wilderness of Botswana and is passionate about conserving.