Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring a predicted sixth extinction, which this time around, will be caused by us. In her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, author Elizabeth Kolbert describes traveling the world to document the mass extinction of species that seems to be unfolding before our eyes. She recently talked with Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard about her book, and what she’s discovered.
Two contributors in one segment! The Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard (heard Sunday mornings on Cincinnati Edition) is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to discuss the September 2 Cheetah Run, a family friendly event at the Zoo to benefit their big cat programs.
Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Cincinnati Edition contributor, is the honorary starter for the 30th Annual Newtown 5K coming up Saturday August 11. He talks with Mark Perzel about the event, the celebration of the anniversary, and what to expect if you take part.