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Rhino Conservation Biologist to Headline the Great Plains Zoo’s Endangered Species Day Activities

May 17, 2018

Dr. Jeff Muntifering, a conservation biologist working to save Black Rhinos in Namibia, will headline the Great Plains Zoo’s Endangered Species Day activities on Friday, May 18. Dr. Muntifering’s presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Zoo’s Rare Rhinos of Africa exhibit, where he’ll speak about the important conservation work happening in the wild. The all-ages event will celebrate endangered species success stories and recognize ongoing conservation work at the Great Plains Zoo and around the world.  

A Minnesota native, Dr. Muntifering has spent the last 15 years in the field researching, training and delivering community-based conservation programs to help endangered species, particularly the Black Rhino in Namibia. In addition to Dr. Muntifering’s presentation, the event will also feature Zookeeper-led activities at the Red Wolf, Siamang Gibbon and Eastern Bongo exhibits. All activities are free with Zoo admission.

The Great Plains Zoo is a key player in 24 endangered species breeding programs and supports field programs in Asia, Africa and North America. In addition, the Zoo participates in conservation programs to heal and release rehabilitated raptors, assesses wild turtle populations, relocates and monitors wild river otters, along with other regional conservation efforts. 

Inaugurated in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. The goal of Endangered Species Day is to educate people about the importance of protecting the Earth’s rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species.  

Click here for more information about the Zoo’s Endangered Species Day activities.

Dr. Jeff Muntifering

Dr. Jeff Muntifering - Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.


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