Conservation Lecture Series

Sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company


Thursday, April 19, 2018
Trees for the Future with John Leary

Planting trees to reverse desertification? Sure. But that's just the start. Done the right way, restoring agricultural lands with a diverse combination of trees and crops can address water scarcity, hunger, poverty, climate change and forced migration. 

John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future, will share just how it works through their Forest Garden Program which provides families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 400% increase in their annual income. Come and be prepared to be inspired about what the future can be. RSVP TODAY.

About John Leary
Executive Director, Trees for the Future
John has dedicated his life to creating innovative training approaches that empower farmers to rise out of poverty, and he has created award winning high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech training programs that are currently in use throughout the developing world. He is now focused at helping Trees for the Future end hunger and extreme poverty for a million people.

After 10 years of working and volunteering for Trees for the Future, John became Executive Director in 2013. John has deep knowledge of international agricultural development and extensive experience living with and among the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. He speaks three languages well (and another three languages not so well) and has lived and worked in 12 developing countries. See him speaking the Wolof language of Senegal in this video. He is the author of One Shot.

We'll gather for an informal mixer from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by his presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater from 7 until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors. RSVP TODAY.

Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Africa's Lion Stronghold: Ruaha National Park
with Dr. Amy Dickman

We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Amy Dickman, Director of Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania. She will share her experiences with Africa's largest population of lions and collaborating with the people who live among them to insure a better future for both people and wildlife. Since its founding in 2009, the project has rapidly generated genuine progress in saving lions. Come hear what is possible when people work together - and what's needed next. RSVP TODAY.

About Dr. Amy Dickman
Dr. Dickman has spent the past eighteen years working to save carnivores in Africa. As  Director of Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP), Amy has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most important landscapes for large carnivores – the Ruaha Landscape – which supports more than 10% of the world’s remaining lions. RCP is part of the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).

Amy received her PhD from the Institute of Zoology/University College London and has authored over 50 scientific publications and book chapters. She currently serves as the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Wild Felid Conservation at Oxford University and on the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist Group Steering Committee. Amy received the 2011 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation and was a 2014 Finalist for the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa (see video below). She was awarded the prestigious St. Louis Zoo Conservation Award in 2016. RSVP TODAY.

Gather by the lions for an informal mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gardens followed by her presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors.

Cost: General Public: $10 (pay at door)  | Naples Zoo Members: Free | RSVP TODAY

Many thanks to SOME OF OUR RECENT inspirational speakers: