Conservation Connection: Dr. Arnaud Desbiez on Anteaters & Highways

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Anteaters are incredible and majestic animals native to the grasslands and forests of Brazil’s Cerrado habitat. These long-nosed mammals are beautiful and fascinating, but need protection in their native habitat. Join Reid Park Zoo for its next virtual Conservation Connection to hear from Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Anteaters and Highways project coordinator, to learn about what it is like to protect, rehabilitate, and study anteaters in the wild.

Dr. Desbiez will talk about the results of the project’s first four years, actions that have already been taken to protect wild anteaters based on his research, and what is next for phase two of this project.

Reid Park Zoo has been a proud supporter of the Anteaters and Highways program since 2017. The virtual event is free with an option to make a donation to support conservation efforts of Reid Park Zoo.

About Dr. Desbiez:

Arnaud Desbiez was born in France, but spent his childhood in the US. He has a Ph.D in Biodiversity management. He has worked and lived in Belize, Argentina, Bolivia, Nepal and has now been based in Brazil for the past 19 years. He founded an NGO  called ICAS in Brazil (Wild Animal Conservation Institute) to provide administrative support to the two projects he coordinates: the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program  and Anteaters and Highways. His work has been featured in National Geographic, BBC nature and was recently featured in a 60 minute documentary on PBS. He lives in Campo Grande, Brazil with his wife, two kids, three dogs, and a tortoise.