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Free Symposium: “Celebrating 125 Years at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo: How Ted Reed Envisioned the Modern Zoo”

For Release: May 15, 2014

WHAT: Free public symposium celebrates the late Dr. Theodore Reed, his vision and lasting legacy for the modern zoo.

There will also be a daytime academic symposium on May 21 that is open to the public from 1p.m. to 5p.m. Details on both these events are on the National Zoo's website (http://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/).

"Celebrating 125 Years at the Smithsonian's National Zoo: How Ted Reed Envisioned the Modern Zoo"

Wed., May 21 / 7p.m.

WHERE: Visitors' Center Auditorium

Smithsonian's National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.


WHO: Dennis Kelly, executive director, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Mark Reed, son of Dr. Reed / director, Sedgwick County Zoo, Kansas
Chris Wemmer, director (former), Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Dr. Reed who died in 2013, was the Zoo director from 1958 to 1983. Speakers will discuss the history and development of the National Zoo under Dr. Reed, including the creation of a research department, the expansion into Front Royal, Va., growth of veterinary and reproductive research programs, and training for field biologists in developing countries. In addition, a look ahead at the future of the National Zoo will be presented.

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