SALT LAKE CITY (June 13) – Polar bear conservation will be front and center Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. during "Plight of the Polar Bears," a lecture at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library, hosted by Utah’s Hogle Zoo and presented by Polar Bears International.
PBI President and CEO Robert Buchanan and Brigham Young University’s Dr. Tom S. Smith will be present at the event, which will feature a lecture by Smith on climate change and its effect on the world’s polar bear population. Buchanan will follow the lecture up with a question and answer session with those in attendance.
With less than a year to go before the opening of its Rocky Shores exhibit, Hogle Zoo, which is recognized as a PBI Arctic Ambassador zoo, is working to engage Utahns of all ages and educate them about some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. "Plight of the Polar Bears" is just one of many ways Utahns can learn about the effects climate change has on polar bears, and what they can do to help.
After many trips to the Far North where he developed a passion for polar bears, Buchanan joined PBI’s board of directors in 2000 and became president and CEO of both PBI USA and Canada. His vision is to help the world understand the importance of the arctic ecosystems and to inspire individuals to take urgent action toward conserving the planet.
Smith is an associate professor and research wildlife biologist in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University. His work over the past 20 years has been mainly focused on North American bear conservation and conflict management. His current studies with polar bears focus on den emergence ecology and response to human activities on the North Slope of Alaska.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.hoglezoo.org
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.