Wednesday, April 21: Dr. Patricia Wright

Saving Madagascar: Nature’s Lost Paradise

Dr. Patricia Wright is one of the world’s leading primatologists. During her long and storied career, she has carried out field research in Peru, Paraguay, Borneo, East Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Madagascar. In her lab at Stoney Brook University she has trained dozens of PhD students who themselves are now emerging leaders in the field of primatology.

Dr. Wright is best known for her groundbreaking work with lemurs in Madagascar. In 1986 she discovered and described a new species of lemur, the Golden Bamboo Lemur. For the past 26 years she has carried out long-term behavioral research on the Milne Edward’s Sifaka. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Wright has played a key role in wildlife conservation, spearheading the establishment of Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar in 1991. She founded the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environment in 1991, and established the Research Station Centre ValBio in Madagascar, which features the state of the art research facility NamanaBe Hall.

Patricia Wright was the 2014 winner of the Indianapolis Prize for conservation. Dr. Patricia Wright will be the 2021 recipient of the Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

Wednesday, June 2: Dr. Olivia Carril

To Bee or Not To Bee: Documenting bee declines in dynamic landscapes

Olivia Carril has been studying native bees and the plants they visit for over 20 years. Recent evidence has hinted at a possible decline in native bee species in North America, but with over 4,000 bee species occurring here, quantifying these declines, and elucidating which bees are most affected, has proved challenging for researchers. Olivia has been involved in several long-term bee monitoring projects throughout western North America, which harbors nearly three-quarters of the bee species found in the U.S; many of these areas have never been sampled for bees. Her work focuses on the drivers of their diversity and the causes and consequences of decline, even as new species are discovered. Olivia will discuss our current understanding of native bee populations and their health, the challenges researchers are working to overcome, and the importance of their
ecosystem services.

CZBG’s Wildlife Conservation Award

The year 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Wildlife Conservation Award. Each year, the Zoo invites several of the world’s leading conservationists and scientists to participate in this series and presents its annual Wildlife Conservation Award to one of the speakers.  The list of internationally known conservationists who have been honored with this award is impressive.  Click the button below to see Wildlife Conservation Award recipients:

Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award Recipients

1993 – Dame Jane Goodall
1995 – Roger Tory Peterson
1997 – Russ Mittermeier
1999 – Ted Turner
2001 – Peter Raven
2003 – George Schaller
2006 – Dr. David Western
2008 – Robert Kennedy
2010 – Alan Rabinowitz
2013 – John Kamanga
2015 – Tico McNutt
2017 – Dr. Craig Packer
2019 – Mike Fay
2021 – Dr. Patricia Wright
1994 – E. O. Wilson
1996 – Birute Galdikas
1998 – Richard Leakey
2000 – Laurie Marker and Cathryn Hilker
2002 – Wangari Mathaai
2005 – Cynthia Moss
2007 – Dr. Mark Plotkin
2009 – Iain Douglas-Hamilton
2012 – Sharon Matola
2014 – John Ruthven
2016 – Suzana Padua, Ph.D & Claudio Padua, Ph.D
2018 – Dr. Amy Dickman
2020 – Canceled due to COVID-19
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