Blog: Conservation Leadership

An Elephant in the Room…

This is part of a series of blog posts featuring guest speakers at the Wildlife Conservation Expo at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The expo is presented by the Chicago Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Network, and Forest Preserves of Cook County.


It’s no secret that elephants are endangered as poaching for ivory is swiftly dwindling the number of elephants in our world. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, 96 elephants are killed every day as the increasing demand for ivory is driving African elephants to extinction. The Chicago Zoological Society is a strong advocate in the fight to end elephant poaching and takes part in a number of conservation and research programs that support elephants both in the wild and in zoos.
Leading the Parade
In 2014, the Society honored Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton with the George B. Rabb Conservation Medal for his authoritative work to benefit African elephants. Dr. Douglas-Hamilton is the CEO of Save the Elephants, an organization that he founded in 1993 to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade. He was the first to notify the world of mass poaching in the 1970s while investigating the status of elephants in Africa. He helped begin the worldwide ivory trade ban after his investigation.

Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the African elephant, Dr. Douglas-Hamilton also pioneered the first in-depth scientific study of elephant social behavior in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara national Park. He speaks with the media and conducts many lecture tours, and has spoken to all types of audiences including an audience at The White House. He has drawn support from President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Yao Ming.
Wildlife Conservation Expo
Dr. Douglas-Hamilton is one of the featured speakers at the Wildlife Conservation Expo, which will take place Saturday, May 9, at the Discovery Center – Savannah Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He will be joined by four other conservation leaders: Dr. Gary J. Wolfe, Vital Ground; Dr. Rodney Jackson, Snow Leopard Conservancy; Shivani Bhalla, Ewaso Lions; and Susana Cárdenas-Alayza, Msc., Chicago Zoological Society, Punta San Juan Conservation Program. This premier international wildlife conservation event will bring researchers from the field and local and international conservation organizations. General Admission is $50, while the price for students is $25. 

Posted: 5/8/2015 10:20:58 AM by Filed under: Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, elephants, Wildlife Conservation Expo

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