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The rescue of giraffe from a flooding island

Giraffe have been called “The Forgotten Megafauna”, despite being an icon of Africa, surprisingly little is known about giraffe, but what is known is that they have declined by 40% over the past 30 years, and three of the four species are classified endangered or worse. In this talk we will explore the reasons for giraffe’s stunning decline, and what is being done to try to save them in the wild, including an unusual rescue.

Streaming live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live  Monday, December 13th at 7:00 pm ET.

 

RESERVATIONS

This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.

In-person tickets are $10 for Members, and $25 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

To secure a reservation, please email us at [email protected], or call us at 212.628.8383. We will not be accepting walk-ins for this lecture.

To attend in person, we will require proof of vaccination. If you are making reservations, you must submit proof of vaccination to [email protected] by Noon ET on Monday, December 13th. No refunds will be available for those that don’t present adequate proof of vaccination by this deadline. Masks will be required.

Speakers

David O'Connor

David’s love for giraffe and wildlife came from growing up in the Irish countryside. He has worked across Europe, Asia, Australia, S.E. Asia and Africa on numerous conservation programs with San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, National Geographic, and others. He is also a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institute and has formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. He is a member of the IUCN Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group and the IUCN Bear Specialist Group. David earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Earth Science from University College Cork, Ireland, his graduate diploma in Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College, Dublin, and his master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Senckenberg Biodiversity & Climate Research Centre and Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sateesh Venkatesh

 Sateesh Venkatesh is a conservation biologist and member of the 2021 Explorers Club 50. His work focuses on how better knowledge of animal behavior can help mitigate human-wildlife conflict around the world. He has worked with various species, from Elephants to Jaguars. Currently, his research focuses on investigating the personalities of semi-wild elephants in Myanmar.

December 13,2021
December 13, 2021
7:00 pm ET
7:00 pm ET
David O'Connor, Sateesh Venkatesh
David O'Connor, Sateesh Venkatesh
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