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Free Lectures at Zoo


WHO: The Alaska Zoo & World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

WHAT: “Dispatch from Russia:  Polar Bears, Walrus, People and Change”

A free lecture by three Russians who are working on the Chukotka Peninsula to study how climate change is affecting polar bears and walrus

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25 – 7 p.m. and

Saturday, Feb. 27 – 11 a.m.

The Alaska Zoo – Gateway Building

4731 O’Malley Road

People can adapt to climate change, but it’s not so easy for animals. Russian marine mammal biologist Anatoly Kochnev has been studying how climate change is affecting walrus behavior off Russia’s Arctic coastline for the last decade. Sergey and Vladilen Kavriy of Chukotka, Russia are partnering with biologists, local officials and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to implement new management and conservation approaches to help walrus and polar bears adapt, to minimize human-bear conflicts and to protect wildlife habitat.

Anchorage residents are invited to hear the latest on polar bear and walrus research and details on some of the collaboration between WWF and Russians to conserve polar bear and walrus populations. Kochnev also is an accomplished nature photographer and he will share some of his amazing images taken while studying walrus and polar bear populations in the eastern Russian Arctic.

Both lectures are free of charge. The Saturday morning presentation will be followed by an optional visit to the Zoo’s polar bear habitat at 12:30 (regular admission rate to the zoo applies).

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