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Greenville Zoo Conservation Lecture Series
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January 24 1 hour before event ends Free  
February 5 1 hour before event ends Free  

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The Greenville Zoo and Furman University present the Conservation Lecture Series:


Little Things that Run the World
Though generally more widely recognized for their roles as pests, carriers of disease, and just plain nuisances, insects play extremely important beneficial roles, too, as pollinators in agricultural systems, and as key players in natural ecosystems. In this lecture we’ll get to know some of these beneficial insects, from bees to butterflies to beetles, a little better, and discuss challenges and strategies for their conservation.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Michael Caterino, John and Suzanne Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity and Director, Clemson University Arthropod Collection

About the Speaker:
Dr. Michael Caterino has recently returned to the southeast. After having lived in Atlanta for many years, he headed west to the University of Mississippi (for his B.S. in Biology, 1992), and then to the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Entomology, 1998). Then, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, he returned to California and spent 12 years as the curator of Entomology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Four years ago he moved to Clemson, and he currently holds the John and Suzanne Morse Endowed Chair in Arthropod Biodiversity, in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. He teaches, directs the Clemson University Arthropod Collection, and conducts research on the biodiversity and evolution of beetles, in Appalachia, the wider southeast, and globally.


Saving South American Giants: Giant Armadillo and Giant Anteater
Two formidable giants from another era still roam the lands of South America: the giant armadillo and the giant anteater. Come hear about them in this one hour talk. Very little was known about giant armadillos until the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program (GACP) started in 2010. Arnaud started working alone searching for the species with just a few camera traps in the Pantanal. Today the program spans three biomes and a team of six dedicated Brazilian biologists and veterinarians. They have made amazing discoveries and still have so much to learn. The team also works with giant anteaters and is currently searching for ways to prevent them from being killed on the numerous highways that now cross their habitat. Giant anteaters are the third most common road kill in Mato Grosso do Sul and the species could become locally extinct in some areas due to vehicle collisions. Come Join Arnaud as he explains his journey and to learn more about how you can help to save these two incredible giants.
For more information on anteater work see

Our guest speaker is Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Project Coordinator for Anteaters and Highways

About the Speaker:
Arnaud Desbiez was born in France, but spent his childhood in the US. He has a Ph.D in Biodiversity management. He has worked and lived in Belize, Argentina, Bolivia, Nepal and has now been based in Brazil for the past 15 years. He recently founded an NGO called ICAS in Brazil (Institute for the Conservation of Wild Animals) to provide administrative support to the two projects he coordinates: the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program and Anteaters and Highways. His work has been featured in National Geographic, BBC Nature and was recently featured in a 60 minute documentary on PBS. He lives in Campo Grande, Brazil with his wife, two kids and two Labradors.


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Parking is in the Heritage Green parking deck (free after 5 PM). Lecture is on the first floor. Use the side entrance off of Academy Street.

Adults and children are welcome.

Have questions about Greenville Zoo Conservation Lecture Series? Contact Greenville Zoo

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The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street
Greenville, SC 29601


Greenville Zoo

About the Greenville Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Greenville Zoo is rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina, attracting 300,000 people annually. Operated by the City of Greenville, the 14-acre facility features wildlife from around the world, including orangutans, giraffes, monkeys and giant tortoises. Visitors can also enjoy one of the zoo’s most popular exhibits, the Reptile Building, Ektopia, which is home to a variety of lizards, frogs, turtles and snakes.

The Greenville Zoo is open seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours of operation are 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo entry ticket sales close at 4:15 p.m. Admission to the Greenville Zoo is $9.00 for adults and $5.75 for children (ages 3-15 years old). For more information about the Greenville Zoo, visit or follow the zoo on Facebook at

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