Tues flying south to Florida, where I’ll be hosted by Chuck Schaffer & his family (he was one of the Chairs of the Symposium) and a stay at Dr Peter Pritchard’s Chelonian Research Institute in Orland0. So it will be back to turtles after 2 days being a tourist in St Louis.
Marilyn has made great contacts with Presidents of International NGO’s, Zoo Curators, Turtle project leaders and scientists from around the world. 12 countries were represented at the Symposium, including Madagascar, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & 4 people from Australia. Many people were extremely interested in our conservation project and some hope to visit next year.
Marilyn Connell presented signed copies of our publication to Curators of St Louis Zoo, Forth Worth Zoo and Disney Animal Kingdom for which they were extremely grateful.
Edward Louis Jr, a Conservation Biologist from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, was extremely happy with his winning bid for the Dingo Pup framed print. He said his partner “loved dogs” and it will be a great reminder of the symposium and his ambition to visit Australia. He offered the use of his genetics laboratory for any student studying the genetics of the Mary River turtle. Currently he has students at his facility from Madagascar.
Today is first day of symposium. Honored to be the 3rd speaker. Over 200 attendees, incl Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Guinea etc& the Americas. Making great contacts with President of Conservation International, Managers from Disneyworld Animal Kingdom & Thushan from Sri Lanka – & we’ve only just begun.
Finally arrived in St Louis – hot & humid – feels
like home. All luggage arrived safe & sound,
including the photo donated by FCRC. Chatted to
Dr Gerald Kutchling over breaky about the
attempts in China to mate the last male with
the last female giant soft shell turtle… he’d just
been over there candling 200 eggs..
Thanks to the efforts of Councillor Harris in arranging for a donation of a Robyn Finlayson Dingo Pup print for auction at the Symposium at St. Louis.
Title: Tiaro Landcare Monthly Meeting
Location: Tiaro Primary School
Date: 15th July 2009