News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,                                                                        
October 24, 2016
Photo provided by International Anit-Poaching Foundation.

Lecture on Fighting the Good Fight to Save Africa’s Iconic Species
to be held at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill.—The illegal trafficking of wildlife is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with repeated links to terrorism networks. Find out from Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), what is being done to help save and protect some of the most sought-after species—rhinos and elephants—during an intriguing lecture on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center.

Using all of his life savings, Mander created IAPF in 2009 with a mission of developing, implementing, and providing anti-poaching solutions to protect rhinos and elephants from illegal poaching. IAPF plays a critical role in safeguarding these and other endangered species, as well as their critical habitats. In his presentation, Mander will discuss the role of anti-poaching rangers in southern Africa and what is required today to protect the environment for tomorrow. He will also talk about the organization’s role in working alongside partners, who specialise in community engagement, research, wildlife rescue, and biodiversity management. Additionally, he will discuss how we can all be agents for change in a generation that is challenging the natural world.

Mander is a former Australian Royal Navy Clearance Diver and Special Operations military sniper, who is now devoting his life to saving some of the world’s most charismatic animals so future generations will be able to appreciate them.

The cost for the lecture, which includes a wine and cheese reception, is $16 ($13 for zoo members). For reservations and further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


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