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Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Public Lecture Series

May 3-6 Tickets for each talk are $25

Purchase Tickets

Online sales will close at 3 p.m. on the day of each lecture.

Unless the lecture is indicated as sold out, tickets can be purchased on site in the Ford Education Center lobby from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The theater will open for seating at 6:30 p.m. and lectures begin promptly at 7:15 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Wednesday, May 3 at 7:15 p.m.

Carl Safina, Ph.D. • President, The Safina Center
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:15 p.m.

Carl Safina, Ph.D. • President, The Safina Center
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

  • More Information about Carl Safina, Ph.D.

    The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Carl Safina, Ph.D. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, followed by a signing of his latest book, “Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

    In Dr. Safina’s lecture, titled, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”, he will share the many ways animals think and feel much like people do; after all, people are animals. They – like us – know who their friends and enemies are, they have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.

    Dr. Safina’s writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Oriona and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard and George Rabb medals.

    Dr. Safina has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers. In the 1990s, he brought fisheries issues into the environmental mainstream. He led campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, to rewrite U.S. federal fisheries law, to work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty.

    Dr. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the nonprofit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series, “Saving the Ocean”. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Audubon, and online at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, CNN.com and elsewhere. He is author of numerous books, including, “Song for the Blue Ocean”. Dr. Safina’s seventh book is “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”.

    Dr. Safina’s presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

    For more information on Carl Safina, Ph.D., visit carlsafina.org.


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Thursday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Temple Grandin • Professor, Animal Science • Colorado State University
Understanding Animal Behavior from the Animal’s Perspective
SOLD OUT

Thursday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Temple Grandin • Professor, Animal Science • Colorado State University
Understanding Animal Behavior from the Animal’s Perspective
SOLD OUT

  • More Information about Dr. Grandin

    This lecture is sold out.

    The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, followed by a book signing. In Dr. Grandin’s presentation, titled “Understanding Animal Behavior from the Animal’s Perspective”, she will explain how to think like an animal. As sensory-based thinkers, animals do not think in words, but rather through their vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste. The memories that animals have are specific, for example, if an animal is afraid of something. Fear memories are often associated with something the animal was seeing or hearing when a frightening or painful event occurred.

    Copies of Dr. Grandin’s books, “Animals in Translation”, “Animals Make Us Human” and “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach” will be available for purchase during the book signing.

    Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on improving the welfare of farmed animals through studies of livestock behavior, facility design, environmental enrichment and humane slaughter practices. She has designed facilities for livestock based on behavioral and welfare principles that are located in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

    She has appeared on television shows such as “20/20”, “48 Hours”, CNN’s “Larry King Live”, “PrimeTime Live”, “60 Minutes”, “The Today Show”, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, TIME Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, TIME Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Talk titled, “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds”.

    She has also authored more than 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. Her books, “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human” were both on the New York Times best seller list. Other books by Dr. Grandin include, “Thinking in Pictures” and “The Autistic Brain”.

    Dr. Grandin’s achievements are remarkable because she was a child with autism. At age 2, she did not speak and demonstrated signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy and intensive teaching enabled Dr. Grandin to learn to speak. As a teenager, life was difficult and she endured constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Dr. Grandin to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

    Dr. Grandin’s presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

    For more information on Dr. Temple Grandin, visit grandin.com.


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Friday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. • Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology • University of Colorado, Boulder
The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion for Individuals, and Reform

Friday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. • Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology • University of Colorado, Boulder
The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion for Individuals, and Reform

  • More Information about Marc Bekoff Ph.D.

    The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, followed by a book signing. Dr. Bekoff’s presentation is titled, “The Animal’s Agenda: Freedom, Compassion for Individuals, and Reform”. He will share how a large number of people who claim to work on behalf of nonhuman animals rely on the science of animal welfare for guidance as to what types of treatment are permissible and those that are not. However, animal welfare science, while offsetting some of the worst aspects of animal suffering, falls far short of promoting true animal well-being and freedom with a focus on individual animals. The science of animal well-being, compassionate conservation, and personal rewilding offer viable solutions for coming to the rescue of other animals. Dr. Bekoff says the time is long overdue to use what we know about the fascinating and diverse inner lives of other animals on their behalf.

    Copies of Dr. Bekoff’s books, “The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age”, “Rewilding Our Hearts” and “Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed” will be available for purchase.

    Dr. Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a past Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000, he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. Dr. Bekoff is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program and is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. His main areas of research include animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), behavioral ecology and compassionate conservation, and he has published extensively on human-animal interactions and animal protection.

    Dr. Bekoff’s work has been featured on “48 Hours”, in TIME Magazine, Life Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Orion, Scientific American, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, on NPR, BBC, Fox, NaturGEO and in a National Geographic Society television special (“Play: The Nature of the Game”), among many other sources. He has published more than 1000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters) and 30 books and has edited three encyclopedias, the latest book being “The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age” (with Jessica Pierce). He regular writes for Psychology Today and Huffington Post.

    Dr. Bekoff’s presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

    For more information on Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., visit marcbekoff.com.


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Saturday, May 6 at 7:15 p.m.

Wayne Pacelle • President and Chief Executive Officer • The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Economy

Saturday, May 6 at 7:15 p.m.

Wayne Pacelle • President and Chief Executive Officer • The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Economy

  • More Information about Wayne Pacelle

    The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer for The Humane Society of the United States, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center followed by a book signing. Titled “The Humane Economy”, Pacelle’s presentation will explore the concept of a humane economy and his perspective on the economics of animal exploitation. He will suggest a practical roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures.

    Pacelle’s latest book, “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals”, will be available for purchase.

    Pacelle has been the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) since June 1, 2004, after serving for nearly 10 years as the organization’s chief lobbyist and spokesperson. Pacelle is also the founder of Humane USA, the non-partisan political arm of the animal protection movement, and the founder of The Humane Society Legislative Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. He received his B.A. in history and environmental studies from Yale University in 1987.

    At HSUS, Wayne worked with the Obama Administration on nearly four dozen major rulemaking actions for animals — from banning the slaughter of downer cows in the food supply to forbidding predator control practices on nearly 100 million acres of federal land in Alaska to ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive experiments. The accomplishments of The HSUS on behalf of animals the world over are almost too many to enumerate. Pacelle and his staff have driven many of these changes and taken animal protection from the margins to the mainstream.

    Pacelle’s work on animal issues has been featured in thousands of newspapers and magazines across the country. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on “60 Minutes”, “The Today Show”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, “Larry King Live”, “Good Morning America”, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, and ABC’s “Primetime Live”. Pacelle is the author of the best-selling books, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them” and “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals”.

    Pacelle’s presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance.  All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

    For more information on Wayne Pacelle, visit humanesociety.org.