This special Field Talk will take you into the wild for a discussion of African primate conservation efforts. Lee Ann Rottman has worked at ZooTampa for 27 years and is currently the Zoo’s Vice President of Conservation. She has extensive knowledge of primate behavior and will be sharing her experiences in African with primate sanctuaries and their important role in species welfare, reintroduction, and conservation of endangered primates, specifically chimpanzees. Learn what field experts are doing to conserve these amazing animals and how the Maryland Zoo is helping to support conservation efforts.

Doors open at 6:30; talk begins promptly at 7:00. Event features light refreshments, cash bar also available.


  • Member: $9 per person
  • Non-member: $19 per person

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Additional donations on event night are encouraged to support the Maryland Zoo’s involvement in African primate conservation projects.

More about featured speaker, Lee Ann Rottman:

Lee Ann Rottman has worked at ZooTampa for 27 years and is currently the Zoo’s VP of Conservation. Lee Ann provides overall planning, direction, leadership, and management of the Zoo’s conservation and research programs. She is Chair of the Zoo’s Green Team and Animal Welfare Assessment Committee and externally she is Chair of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership, a member of the Florida Black Bear Stakeholders Group, and an advisor for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.

Lee Ann holds a BS degree in zoology from the University of South Florida and has a strong background in primates and primate behavior. One of her areas of expertise is chimpanzee social introductions including orphan/surrogate introductions and multi-male group management both in the States and in Africa. During her career, she has traveled to the African countries of Uganda, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Zambia, South Africa, and Gabon to provide on the ground technical support for numerous African primate sanctuaries in need of assistance and training in primate rehabilitation and social group management.

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