Zoos and Conservation, Free Public Program at the Cary Institute 

On Friday, May 4 at 7 pm, join the Cary Institute for a conversation on conservation with Dan Ashe, President of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.

Ashe and Stanoss will share their perspectives on the role of modern zoos and aquaria in conserving wildlife and advancing environmental understanding. Following their presentations, Cary’s Josh Ginsberg will moderate a Q&A.

Discover current challenges, how the next generation of conservationists are being trained, and ways zoos advance their initiatives by collaborating with academics, NGOs, and government agencies globally.

Dan Ashe, a lifelong animal conservationist, joined AZA in January 2017 after serving as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly six years.  He was as a professional staff member of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 years where he held several positions including  Assistant Director for External Affairs, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and Science Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director.

Dr. Ricardo Stanoss, academic program manager at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is responsible for leading a team of scientists and educators in developing future conservation leaders by combining the resources of the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University. Dr. Stanoss focuses on creating pathways to help emerging young conservationists develop into conservation innovators who devise creative solutions to the most pressing conservation problems.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Cary Institute’s auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, N.Y. Seating is first come first served. Visit www.caryinstitute.org or call (845) 677-5343.