Conservation Conversations

Virtual Conservation Conversations

Conservation conversations are an innovative way to connect people with the natural world and raise awareness about conservation efforts at the Detroit zoo and globally. These chats bring together experts in the field, environmentalists, and members of the public to discuss pressing conservation issues, share information and insights, and explore ways to work together to protect our planet. Whether you’re an avid nature lover, a concerned citizen, or a student studying conservation, virtual conservation chats provide a unique opportunity to learn from experts and engage in meaningful dialogue about important environmental topics. Join the conversation and make a difference for our planet!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Join us for a virtual chat with renowned amphibian wildlife photographer and Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2022 Brandon Guell. Brandon developed his interest in wildlife photography while using it to study animal behavior in the field for his Ph.D. During our chat, Brandon will share his experiences and insights into wildlife photography and discuss his passion for wildlife, conservation and animal behavior. He will also share some of his most stunning photographs and answer questions from the audience. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field and discover the important role wildlife photography plays in advocating for conservation.


Join us for a virtual chat about mudpuppy conservation live from Belle Isle State Park! Learn about the characteristics that make this amazing amphibian unique and the efforts being made to protect and preserve their population around the island and throughout the Great Lakes. Discover the challenges faced by mudpuppies in the wild and how you can help support their conservation. From habitat restoration to citizen science programs, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference for mudpuppies and other wildlife on Belle Isle. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about these amazing animals and the important work being done to protect them.



Join us for a virtual conversation about the elusive Massasauga rattlesnake! The Massasauga is a small, shy rattlesnake that calls the wetlands of Michigan home. However, fragmentation and loss of wetland habitat have led to a significant decline in their population. During this chat, we’ll explore the ecology and behavior of the Massasauga and the challenges they face in today’s world. We’ll also discuss current conservation efforts that are underway by the Detroit zoo and its partners to protect this vital species and what we can do to support those efforts. Our expert guest speaker will provide insights and answer your questions about the Massasauga, including their unique adaptations, their role in the ecosystem, and what we can do to help protect them. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this fascinating and vital species and to join the conversation on how we can help protect it for future generations!