The Kansas City Zoo Conservation Lecture Series features speakers showcasing conservation projects they are personally involved in benefiting wildlife, habitats and communities. These projects are all supported through the Zoo’s Conservation Fund, which is funded through admissions, memberships, the Round Up program in our retail shops and concessions, special events, and private donations. In 2017, the Conservation Fund totaled $340,000 that is being invested in conservation projects locally and around the globe.
All lectures begin at 1:00pm in the Lobby Auditorium and are free with Zoo admission or FOTZ membership.
Fall 2018 Lectures
September 20th, 2018
Eastern Spotted Skunk Assessment
The Eastern spotted skunk is a species in decline and one of only a few endangered mammalian species in the state of Missouri. Dr. Stockinger recently participated in the first documented health assessment and disease ecology study to determine the reason for the decline and identify potential health and disease-based risk factors that may be shared with other animals in the same environment. The data and conclusions will help the Zoo provide information and support to guide conservation efforts.
October 18th, 2018
Punta San Juan Program – Humboldt Penguin Project
Punta San Juan serves as one of the largest breeding colonies for the Humboldt Penguin. The penguins are monitored throughout the coast each January as they congregate to molt, breed, and care for their young. Human encroachment, competition for food and El Niño weather conditions have caused the Humboldt penguin population to plummet over the past century and continued declines could lead to extinction. Kansas City Zoo staff members traveled to Peru to scout educational partners and participate in the census. The Zoo continues to build these partnerships in Peru to make a big impact.
November 8th, 2018
Project Polar Bear
The Kansas City Zoo has partnered with Polar Bears International (PBI) to take a more active role in polar bear conservation. This robust program will serve the polar bear population and the visitors of our Zoo equally. Through this partnership, we support PBI and its efforts to learn about bears in the wild and to teach the rest of the world about the effects of climate change. Zoo staff members also participate in the Climate Alliance Program located in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in order to gain first-hand knowledge of tactics and strategies that can be relayed back to the citizens of Kansas City.
December 13th, 2018
KCZoo African Elephant Reproductive Conservation Initiative
The Kansas City Zoo has initiated a national project to review the current reproductive health of all older African elephants held in zoos. The project consists of obtaining and analyzing reproductive hormone cyclicity, clinical and ultrasound assessments of the reproductive health, and behavior and social interactions as they relate to reproduction in both male and female elephants. The project focuses on animals anecdotally recommended against reproduction due to age. By evaluating reproductive health, natural breeding, and artificial insemination, strategies can be designed to increase the reproductive success of elephants in captivity.
|Nov 8||1:00pm-2:00pm||Project Polar Bear ||N/A|
|Dec 13||1:00pm-2:00pm||KCZoo African Elephant Reproductive Conservation Initiative ||N/A|