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Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

Audubon Canyon Ranch Event Calendar

Living with Lions: Co-existence with an Iconic American Carnivore

May 16 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Bennett Valley Guild Hall

Join us Thursday, May 16, at 7 PM at The Bennett Valley Guild Hall for a special presentation by Dr. Quinton Martins, Director of ACR’s community conservation project, Living with Lions. Come learn about the essential role mountain lions play in our ecosystem and how it is possible to peacefully coexist. Dr. Martins will provide an overview of the mountain lion population located in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa Counties and will recap his research and findings from more than one dozen, GPS-tracked big cats. He will also share tips to help reduce the risk of mountain lion conflict with pets, livestock and other wildlife. For directions to the Bennett Valley Guild Hall, click here.

Dr. Martins’ presentations are always very popular. Parking will be challenging, so we encourage you to CARPOOL. This event is co-sponsored by the BVCA and The Bennett Valley Guild

Quinton Martins, Ph.D., is the Director of Living with Lions, ACR's community conservation project focused on the North Bay's mountain lion population. Dr. Martins is the former founder and CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, a successful predator conservation NGO based in South Africa. He has over 25 years of field experience having worked in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. From specialist safari guiding, leading a scorpion collecting expedition for the Smithsonian Institution in the desert of Namibia, to mist-netting birds in central African rainforests, Quinton turned to studying predators in 2003. He completed his Ph.D., “The Ecology of Leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” through the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2010 and is considered a leading expert on large carnivores. You can support ACR’s Living with Lions project and other important research and public outreach programs by donating or becoming a member of ACR here.

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.

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Bennett Valley Guild Hall