Schedule for Zoo Talkin’ Radio & Bears On The Air (August/Sept)

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Ady Gil [Conservationist, Affiliation: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society] [Monday, August 2, 2010; 10:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II)

 John Scott Foster, PhD [Executive Director, New York State Zoo] [Monday, August 9, 2010; 10:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II)

Robert Buchanan [President and CEO, Polar Bears International] [Monday, August 16, 2010; 10:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II- Bears On The Air) Robert Buchanan grew up on the north side of the Florida Everglades and at an early age came to understand how man could change the environment and the important need for stewardship. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of South Florida while starting his marketing career with a major worldwide beverage company. His love and respect for Mother Nature deepened through his travels with wife Carolyn to the Arctic. It was during those repeat trips to the North that Robert discovered how his marketing and finance expertise could be of assistance to world-leading polar bear and Arctic researchers. In 1999, he was asked to create a development plan for the fledgling conservation group, Polar Bears Alive. After a year’s in-depth research, Polar Bears International (PBI) was born as an organization with a focus on polar bear research and proactive education on how to conserve the great white bears and their habitat. With that mission, PBI has attracted some of the world’s finest scientists, zoologists, land management professionals, eco-tour operators, educators, government agencies and other NGOs. Under Robert’s leadership, PBI has grown into an organization with an international scope, supporting projects throughout the circumpolar North and reaching audiences as far away as Japan and Australia with our conservation message. Funding provided by PBI helped support research that led to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by the U.S. government. PBI is so well-respected by scientists that it was one of just two conservation groups invited to the recent IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group meeting. Most recently, thanks to the vision and leadership of both Robert and Carolyn, PBI signed an MOU with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that will introduce educational materials about polar bear conservation and climate change into all AZA zoos. It also encourages the regular exchange of research between zoologists and scientists who study polar bears in the wild – the first time an agreement has been reached for this type of critical information-sharing. This biography was provided by PBI and was included in congratulatory remarks for Robert’s acceptance of the Chicago Zoological Society’s prestigious George B. Rabb Conservation Award.

Doug Hotle [Curator of Herpetology, Albuqurque Biological Park] [Monday, August 23, 2010; 10:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II)

Lucy Spelman, DVM, Dipl. ACZM [Distinguished Former Zoo Professional; Author] [Monday, September 6, 2010; 9:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II) Lucy’s Bio

Ben Kilham [Author; Featured Bear Biologist, National Geographic Explorer] [Monday, September 13, 2010; 10:00 PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II- Bears On the Air) Ben’s Bio

 Shirley McGreal, PhD [Executive Director, IPPL] [TBA/ rescheduled PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II)

 Scott Lope [Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year; Operations Dir., BCR] [TBA/rescheduled PM EST] (Zoo Talkin’ Radio II)

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