Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



2015 Fall Community Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian–Mason School of Conservation
Wednesday Evenings | October 7 – 28, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute | Front Royal, Virginia

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share their adventures during our free science lecture series.

October 7 | Marshall Jones

Wildlife Trafficking
Since 2007 Marshall Jones has been the Senior Conservation Advisor to the Director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. An endangered species management, policy, and law enforcement specialist, he works to build SCBI partnerships and cooperative programs at the national, state, and local level. He previously served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Prior to that role, he led the USFWS International Affairs Program, headed its wildlife trade and permits office, and served as Chief of the Regional Endangered Species Division of the Services Southeast Region. Among his many accomplishments, he authored the 1989 U.S. moratorium on the import of elephant ivory. Marshall will discuss current wildlife trafficking that threatens species both domestically and abroad.
(Note: this presentation may include some graphic images)

October 14 | Matt Neff

Salamanders: Jewels of Appalachia
There are over 600 species of salamander on our planet…and Virginia is home to 56 of those species! That's almost 10% of the world's number of species! Matt Neff from the Department of Herpetology at the Smithsonian's National Zoo will discuss an array of our native species. He will also highlight the work being conducted at the Zoo's Salamander Lab and Jewels of Appalachia exhibit at the Reptile Discovery Center.

October 21 | Kate Evans

Elephants for Africa
Dr. Kate Evans is the Founder and Director of Elephants for Africa, a small charity that conducts research to understand the ecological and social requirements of African elephants and how these can influence human-wildlife conflict. Currently conducting work in Botswana and South Africa, Elephants for Africa delivers scientific data to local decision makers. Join Kate as she shares her adventures from the field and her mission to ensure a future for wild populations of African elephant.

October 28 | Janine Brown and Ken Lang

Clouded Leopards
SCBI has been involved in clouded leopard conservation for three decades and maintains one of the largest captive populations in North America. The 2011 opening of the state-of-the-art Clouded Leopard Breeding Facility provides this shy species the privacy needed to increase breeding success. In addition, knowledge gained from scientific studies of clouded leopards in the U.S. has led to a successful partnership with the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium, resulting in successful breeding of this elusive species in situ. Habitat loss, fragmentation, and human population pressure continue to threaten these leopards and other species that share their ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Join reproductive biologist Dr. Janine Brown and supervisory biologist Ken Lang as they discuss the current status of clouded leopard conservation efforts, as well as goals for the future for efforts at SCBI and abroad.


Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., October 7 - 28

The series is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Lectures will be held at the SCBI's new campus
Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Dining Hall
1500 Remount Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630

The SMSC Dining Hall will be open for dinner from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on lecture dates. Please RSVP by email to jhalpin1@gmu.edu if you plan to come for dinner.


Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Dining Hall
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

From the east:

  • Take I-66 west to the Linden/Front Royal exit #13
  • At end of ramp, turn left, under freeway to stoplight at Route 55
  • Turn right (west) on Route 55 and travel five miles into Front Royal
  • Turn left at signal, Route 522/Remount Road
  • Drive approximately 2 miles and take a left into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs

From Rappahannock:

  • From US 211 take 522 north ~ 12 miles
  • Turn right into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs

For More Information

Contact the SCBI/FONZ Education Office by calling: (540) 635-6540
Contact the SCBI/FONZ Education Office by e-mail: SCBIeducation@si.edu