Conservation Lectures

Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group

Wednesday, February 22
7:00–8:00 p.m.
at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street, Greenville, SC (Use side entrance off of Academy Street)
Free and Open to the Public

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr. Eric Miller, DVM
Chair of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group and 
Executive Director of the St. Louis Zoo WildCare Institute

Learn about the conservation efforts in Madagascar, which is home to Lemurs, amongst other unique animal species. 
A large number of Madagascar’s plant and animal species are unique to the island. Many, such as the ruffed lemur and radiated tortoise, are threatened with extinction. Madagascar is also among the world’s poorest and least developed countries. The conservation challenge is how to increase the Malagasy people’s standard of living while decreasing environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity. Slash and burn farming practices expose fragile soils to erosion and productivity losses, however Malagasy villagers often feel powerless to rectify the situation in their struggle for survival. Ecological degradation resulting from agriculture cannot be stopped solely by conservation measures, which is why conservation requires combining solutions from professionals in different fields.

Parking is in the Heritage Green parking deck, which is free after 5 p.m.  Lecture is on the first floor. Use the side entrance off of Academy Street (not the main entrance).
If possible, pre-register.

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About the Speaker:

R. Eric Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

Executive Director of Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute

R. Eric Miller completed his veterinary education at the Ohio State University, and completed a residency in zoo animal medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo/University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. His clinical interests include the diseases of black rhinoceroses, and in-country work with captive South China tigers and giant pandas. He has lectured on zoo animal medicine in Brazil, China, France, Spain, Thailand, Russia and the UK. He has authored/co-authored over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, and with Dr. Murray Fowler, was a Co-Editor of the 4th- 7th editions of Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, and Editor of the 8th Edition. He is Chair of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG), a past President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the American College of Zoological Medicine, a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and has been an active participant in the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians.

He has been Chair of the MFG since 2008 with the primary role of coordinating the 27 members in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.