Â Â Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the worldâs leading big cat experts, and has been called âThe Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservationâ by TIME Magazine. He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and is responsible for the world's first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the mountains of Belize. The Cincinnati Zooâs Thane Maynard had a chance to talk with Alan Rabinowitz about his work, and A Boy and a Jaguar, his picture book that tells the real-life story of his own childhood.
Scarlet Tanagers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Indigo Buntings. Beautiful birds all, and all spotted recently in parks and neighborhoods in our area, along with the more common Cardinals, Goldfinches, Juncos and Carolina Wrens. You just have to look, and listen. Cincinnati Nature Center Chief Naturalist & Adult Program Manager Bill Creasey, and Nature Center Visitor Services Coordinator and Naturalist Lester Peyton, are with us with tips and thoughts on birding in the Ohio Valley. Another great source for information is the American Bird Conservancy.
Â Â Many consider Earth Day 1970 the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since then, each year on April 22, millions of people all over the world take some action in support of a greener, cleaner, more sustainable environment.
The ever-popular Krohn Conservatory butterfly show opened last week, âPura Vida: Butterflies of Costa Ricaâ runs through June 22. Krohn General Manager Andrea Schepmann and Regina Edwards, aka "the Bug Lady" at Cincinnati Parks, discuss this yearâs Krohn show, and what went into creating âPura Vida,â a tropical hideaway of exotic plants, cascading waterfalls, colorful parrot fish, mysterious stone sculptures, and 16,000 butterflies.
University of Wisconsin Professor of Anthropology Dr. Karen Strier is the opening speaker for this yearâs Barrows Conservation Lecture Series. in her April 9 presentation, âPrimate Conservation in the 21st Century: Insights from the Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil,â Dr. Strier will trace the behavioral, ecological, and demographic changes over her 30-year study of a growing population of one of the worldâs most critically endangered primates. She spoke with the Cincinnati Zooâs Thane Maynard about her findings, and what they mean for our rapidly changing world.