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When it comes to zoology, conservation, and nature studies, America has a significant lack of diversity. At the Seneca Park Zoo, when such jobs become open, there are rarely any nonwhite candidates. Kids in urban centers -- particularly impoverished centers -- tend to grow up disconnected from nature.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is bringing in Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature. Lanham discusses race, conservation, and how to broaden America's connection to our land. Our guests:

  • Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director of the Seneca Park Zoo

"Three Amigos" To Leave Zoo Soon

Oct 31, 2015

If you or the kids enjoyed the trio of gray wolves at the Seneca Park Zoo you may want to stop in and say goodbye Sunday.

Chico, Diego and Durango were loaned here in 2011 and they're now 8-years old.

The zoo says soon, they will live at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.

How can we turn the killing of Cecil the lion into something positive? Conservationists say that this is a teachable moment. It starts with a conversation about trophy hunting, the killing of big game for sport. And then it becomes a conversation about how we all interact with our environment, and the animals with whom we share this planet. This is where we'll take the conversation with our guests from the Seneca Park Zoo:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director 
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director

The Seneca Park Zoo is trying to educate their visitors in different ways this summer. They have a new tagline, and they’re hoping to move beyond “Hey, those orangutans are cool!” Instead, they’re trying to spur visitors to action after they leave the zoo, armed with new information about the habitats from which these animals come. So we’ll get a zoo education, and we’ll talk about the zoo’s future plans with our guests:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director, Zoo Society
  • Pam Cowan, director of external affairs, Zoo Society
  • Larry Staub, Monroe County director of parks
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director