Threatened Species Project Talk - Volunteering with our favourite little Devils and a quest for a vaccine against the devil facial tumour disease
Wednesday 17th August, 5.30pm for 6pm start
All proceeds of this talk go towards supporting Threatened Species Projects. Adults $15, Students/ Concessions $8
A wonderful opportunity awaits to listen to two passionate members of the veterinary profession who have been working with threatened species, in particular our iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Jennifer Pelham is a veterinary nurse and wildlife illustrator. Jennifer started volunteering with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program in 2012, where she found her passion for wildlife conservation, which led to a career in Veterinary Nursing. Jennifer enjoys illustrating wildlife with a focus on conservation and the threats they face. She'll talk about her unique experiences volunteering with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and how she uses her art to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation groups.
Dr Ruth Pye is a veterinarian from Brisbane. She first became interested in transmissible cancers while working for a street dog sterilisation program in India. Ruth moved to Hobart in 2013 to start a PhD with the Tasmanian devil immunology group at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. She continues to work with the group whose goal is to develop a protective vaccine against the transmissible cancer, devil facial tumour disease, which has been decimating the Tasmanian devil population. She will explain the science behind the wonderful work they are doing to save our devils.
There are 683 species of plants and animals, including insects and other invertebrates, on Tasmania's Threatened Species List. Yes, there are the iconic ones so many people know about, but there are numerous species that are tiny, little known or ‘less attractive’, which are no less important to our rich and varied eco-system. This new exhibition will expand our understanding of the range & diversity of threatened species and educate of their plight. It also aims to raise much needed funds to go towards their support.
It’s a small thing we can do during an age of climate change, mass species decline and habitat loss.
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