Baird's tapirs

Talk: The Baird’s Tapir Survival Alliance

Franklin Park Zoo

Monday, September 17, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Location: Meeting Barn

The Baird's tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal in Central America. Estimates indicate that fewer than 4,500 Baird's tapirs survive today. Global Wildlife Conservation and other partners, including Zoo New England, have been working to protect Bair’s tapirs in Nicaragua for the past seven years. In an effort to scale this up to the regional level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Houston Zoo, and Global Wildlife Conservation have joined forces to launch the Baird's Tapir Survival Alliance, which you could think of as The Avengers for Baird's Tapir Conservation. Join us in this talk to learn more about the ecological, cultural and economic importance of tapirs, and how this new superhero team will be working together to help these gentle giants thrive.

Dr. Chris Jordan is the Central America and Tropical Andes Coordinator for Austin based NGO Global Wildlife Conservation. Much of his work focuses on developing conservation solutions in the politically complex indigenous territories of Central America. He also works on a variety of species conservation projects, including his work with Baird’s tapirs, water frogs, freshwater prawns and jaguars. Chris is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, a National Geographic Explorer and a member of the steering committee of the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group.

Chris received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and B.S. in Spanish with a Latin American Studies certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he worked on species monitoring projects for marbled salamanders, box turtles, wood turtles, spotted turtles, Puritan tiger beetles, and more. He then received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University from the department of Fisheries and Wildlife, where his work focused on developing conservation strategies with the indigenous people of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.