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Reconciling the Needs of People and Elephants in Asia

October 11, 2016, 7:00 PM

Free

Shermin de Silva will discuss Asian elephants, the sole survivors of the genus Elephas. This six-million-year-old, evolutionarily unique species must now make a living alongside its historic predator — humans — on the most densely populated continent on the planet. More than half the human population lives in Asia, and development is accelerating. With large herbivores in global decline, elephants illustrate many of the issues they face in the 21st century. De Silva will discuss the biology, ecology, and conservation concerns for Asia’s last mega-herbivore. De Silva directs the Udawalawe Elephant Research Project in Sri Lanka, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and is president and founder of the U.S.-based nonprofit Trunks & Leaves.

Details

Date:
October 11, 2016
Time:
7:00 PM
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Lia Morris
Phone:
859-5356
Email:
escoordinator@colby.edu

Venue

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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