Fresno Chaffee Zoo Conservation Programs

Join us on Monday, July 9 (note: second Monday of July!) at 7PM for a presentation by the Director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Scott Barton.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums contribute over $ 200 million a year to field conservation efforts around the world. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is involved in a number of conservation programs, from African elephants in Tanzania to Western Pond turtles in the San Joaquin Valley. We’ll discuss the role of modern zoos in field conservation, and how Fresno Chaffee Zoo contributes to those efforts.

Who: Scott Barton, Director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

When: July 9, 2018 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA

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How heat and drought control the growth and death of Sierra forests

Please join us Monday June 4 at 7pm for our next installment of Cafe Sci! Dr. Anne Kelly the Director of the UC Merced Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations will be speaking  about the health of our local forests.

Forests are made up of trees that operate like machines: they convert air and sunlight and water into trunks and leaves and seeds. These machines are now catastrophically failing as over a hundred million trees have recently died in the Sierra Nevada in response to drought and warming temperatures. Dr. Kelly’s research explores the mechanics of these trees to provide understanding of the ongoing massive tree loss and to offer insights into the future of Sierra Nevada forests.

Who: Dr. Anne Kelly, UC Merced

When: June 4, 2018 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA 93704


A tour of the Mojave Desert from the Perspective of a Herpetologist

Please join us May 7, 2018 at 7 pm as we tour the Mojave Desert with Dr. Joshua Parker from Fresno City College.

The Mojave Desert is the driest and hottest desert in North America. As such, virtually all of the organisms that inhabit it have had to adapt to one of the most hostile climates on the planet. Most people tend to think of deserts as being wastelands devoid of life. Quite the contrary…most deserts are teaming with life! Although it is a desert, its habitats are quite varied ranging from lava beds, sand dunes, and rugged canyon systems, to lush riparian warm springs and parched scrublands. Each species has uniquely adapted to their own niche among the variety of habitats. We will take a visual tour of these habitats and species of reptiles and amphibians through the lens of my camera. There are roughly 65 species of reptiles and amphibians that have made the Mojave Desert their home. This tour of the Mojave is based loosely on D. Parker’s book “Reptiles and
Amphibians of the Mojave Desert: A Field Guide.”

Who: Dr. Joshua Parker, Fresno City College

When: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7 PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA

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