Speakers of the Wild

Special Event Series

Speakers of the Wild

This new event series features fascinating discussions of wildlife & wild places. Learn more about our amazing animals and the conservation programs dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of threatened and endangered species from Florida and across the globe. Each program features a new interesting topic, an animal mingle, drinks, appetizers, and a moderated Q&A session with the experts.

Lucy the panther cleans herself by licking her paw at ZooTampa

Florida Panther Conservation

All Ages
Thursday, May 20th, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Carlton Ward Jr
Carlton Ward Jr

Join the CONSERVATION! Get an in-depth look into the global conservation of Florida's most beloved and endangered species, The Florida Panther. Hear the plight of this animal from some of the top experts in the field including Carlton Ward Jr., a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer. He will be joined by FWC state wildlife veterinarian Mark Cunningham who will discuss current actions being taken to protect this amazing animal.

Program Includes:
  • Animal mingle
  • Appetizers provided by Red Lobster, our official food & beverage sponsor
  • 1 drink ticket for a featured cocktail/alcoholic beverage
  • Presentation by Carlton Ward Jr., a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer, and FWC state wildlife veterinarian Mark Cunningham
  • Q&A with guests and panel

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An adult African painted dog and pup

Painted Dog & Elephant Conservation

All Ages
Thursday, August 19th, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Greg Rasmussen
Greg Rasmussen

Join the CONSERVATION! Get an in-depth look into the global conservation of two of Africa’s most beloved and endangered species the African elephant and the African painted dog. Hear the plight of these two species from some of the top experts in the field including ZooTampa’s Chief Zoological Officer, Dr. Larry Killmar. He will be joined by the founder and former director of the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project in Zimbabwe Greg Rasmussen who brings over 20 years of painted dog wildlife conservation knowledge.

Program Includes:
  • Animal mingle
  • Appetizers provided by Red Lobster, our official food & beverage sponsor
  • 1 drink ticket for a featured cocktail/alcoholic beverage
  • Presentation by ZooTampa’s Chief Zoological Officer Dr. Larry Killmar along with Greg Rasmussen, founder and former director of the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project in Zimbabwe
  • Q&A with guests and panel

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Speakers of the Wild

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$20.00

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Non-Members
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$40.00

Know Before You Go

COVID Safety Information

  • Masks are required to participate in this event, except when eating or drinking. Disposable masks are available at no cost.
  • ZooTampa is principally an outdoor fresh-air experience; therefore, when outside, guests who maintain proper social distance are not required to wear face masks. Even so, every guest entering the Zoo is strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Disposable masks are available at no cost. Guests will be informed of venues/experiences where masks are required.
  • To ensure safety, participants agree to abide by Zoo safety protocols including social distancing and healthy hygiene practices.
  • Guests will have their temperature checked at the Zoo’s entrance. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted. If you feel sick, please stay home and seek proper medical care.