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One-time Cincinnati Post photographer Robert Clark is now an acclaimed freelance photographer who often goes on assignment for National Geographic

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Richard Conniff is a writer and speaker on human and animal behavior, author of several books including “House of Lost Worlds,” "Natural History of the Rich,” and “The Species Seekers.” 

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Journalist and author Wendy Williams has had a lifelong love affair with horses and has focused her new book on the unique and centuries-old relationship between man and horse.

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This year marks the 25th Annual Barrows Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Since 1993, the zoo has invited naturalists and scientists to speak on wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. 

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Public television fans will recognize marine biologist Dr. Carl Safina from his series “Saving the Ocean” which took viewers around the globe in search of good news about ocean life. 

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Gaia Vince is the former editor at Nature magazine who decided to leave her office and travel the world to see how people on the frontline of our changing environment are living. 

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Nearly 100,000 people subscribe to the Gross Science from NOVA channel on YouTube so they can watch host Anna Rothschild explain the slimy, smelly, creepy-crawly world of science and nature in a fun, engaging way. 

Dr. George Uetz is a professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati and Alex Sweger is a graduate student and together they have discovered a new species of wolf spider with audible mating songs that sound a lot like a cat purr. Last summer they presented their findings to the Acoustical Society of America. They sat down with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard to talk about wolf spiders and their mating songs.

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Dr. John Kricher is longtime professor of biology at Wheaton College who teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution.

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  Jon Cohen is a correspondent with Science magazine and author of several books, including Almost Chimpanzee: Searching for What Makes Us Human, In Rainforests, Labs, Sanctuaries, and Zoos. He spoke recently with Thane Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo about his interest in wildlife and his recent article called Zoo Futures.

Noel Rowe grew up in Cincinnati, worked at the Cincinnati Zoo as a young man, and his family has a long history of supporting the local environment – in fact, Rowe Woods at the Cincinnati Nature Center is named after his grandfather. 

The chef at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, David Miller, is committed to bringing healthier options to the variety of food operations at the zoo, including the concession stands and catering.

  Dr. Linda Bender is a veterinarian, but much more than that. She is a passionate advocate for animals and author of “Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals”, which illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance. Dr. Bender recently spoke with Thane Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo.

  After spending 20 years as a research biologist with the Florida Marine Research Institute, Dr. Blair Witherington joined the University of Florida'’s Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research where he is in charge of the Disney Animal Kingdom’'s sea turtle conservation effort.

  In 1964, Clyde Peeling opened Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and for the last 50 years, has been educating generations of visitors about the importance of reptiles in nature. Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo recently had the chance to talk with Clyde Peeling about his half-century at Reptiland.

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