Wine & Cheese Conservation Lectures

Wine & Cheese Conservation Lectures

Tree Kangaroos at RWP Zoo

Registration opens on December 29.

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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of Papua New Guinea

Timber Rattlensakes: A Seriously Threatened Species


Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of Papua New Guinea

Speaker: Author Sy Montgomery

It looks like a bear, but isn't one.  It climbs trees as easily as a monkey - but it isn't a monkey, either.  It has a pouch like a kangaroo, but what's a kangaroo doing up in a tree?  Meet the amazing and critically endangered Matschie's tree kangaroo through the eyes of author, researcher, and adventurer Sy Montgomery.  Author of nearly 20 award-winning books for both adults and children, Sy will recount an expedition into the trackless cloud forest of Papua New Guinea to radiocollar tree kangaroos with scientist Lisa Dabek.

Copies of Sy Montgomery's book, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of Papua New Guinea, winner of 12 major national awards and illustrated with lavish photos, will be available for purchase and signing.  

Date:  Thursday, April 2 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. Registration opens December 29th.  Deadline to register is March 25th.

Ticket price includes one glass of wine (for 21+), cheese & lecture.  All profits will support the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project headed by Lisa Dabek at Woodland Park Zoo and RWPZoo education programs.


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. Registration opens December 29th.  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.