Wine & Cheese Conservation Lectures

Wine & Cheese Conservation Lectures

Timber Rattlesnake at RWP Zoo

Timber Rattlesnakes: A Seriously Threatened Species

Speaker: RWPZoo Director of Conservation Lou Perrotti

The timber rattlesnake plays an important role in deciduous forests.  One of only two venomous snake species in New England, these rattlers help control populations of small mammals and are a food source for hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and more.  Previously widespread in 31 states, human fear has resulted in timber rattlesnakes being completely extirpated from Maine, Rhode Island, central New Hampshire, most of Vermont, Long Island, and eastern and northern Ohio.  They now face a new threat:  disease.  Hear from Roger Williams Park Zoo Director of Conservation Lou Perrotti how Zoo staff have joined New England biologists and conservationists in a collaborative regional effort created to save the remaining timber rattlesnake populations.  This project was recently featured on Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin!   

Date:  Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 PM

Place:  The Zoo's Meller-Danforth Education Center

Time:  Doors open at 6:15pm, talk begins at 7:00pm.
            No early entry, please.

Cost:   $25/person

Age:  16+

Maximum:  50 attendees

Registration:  Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is May 6th.

Ticket price includes one glass of wine (for 21+), cheese & lecture.  All profits will support the Timber Rattlesnake Recover Program and RWPZoo education programs.