MOSH After Dark: Linda Penfold, Ph.D

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Where else will you be able to see a video of an elephant getting a vasectomy? Linda Penfold, Ph.D will give attendees insight on reproductive technology and its uses for conservation.

Linda Penfold, Ph.D., Director of the South-East Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation (SEZARC), will be the featured speaker at MOSH After Dark: Speaking of Extinction.  The program, designed to complement the museum’s traveling exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue, will highlight Dr. Penfold’s work in reproductive technology.  This field uses conservation strategic planning and reproductive health to help solve issues that threaten the survival of rare and endangered animals.  
Tracking the ovulation patterns of an okapi is all in a day’s work for Penfold and her team. This type of work can help result in a successful pregnancy and help ensure the survival of the species.  Other times, it involves controlling an overpopulation of animals.  MOSH After Dark attendees will see an example of this in a video of an elephant getting a vasectomy.
Current SEZARC members include: Disney's Environmental Initiatives and Animal Programs (FL), Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (FL), Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park (FL), Micanopy Zoological Preserve (FL), White Oak Conservation Center (FL), Birmingham Zoo (AL), and Turner Enterprises, Inc., (MN).

MOSH After Dark: Speaking of Extinction
Thursday, August 23
6 p.m.

Article by Kristi Taylor

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