Experts from The Living Desert Featured at Rancho Mirage Library Speaker Series

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ lecture series, in partnership with the Rancho Mirage Library, will continue on October 22. The monthly, hour-long lectures, held at the Rancho Mirage Library (71-100 Highway 111), are free and open to the public.

“We are proud to partner with The Rancho Mirage Library and participate in their fall lecture series,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “We invite the public to join us and learn about some of the many conservation programs we support here at The Living Desert, as well as hear our perspective on other global issues such as climate change.”

Following is the upcoming schedule of speakers:

** Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 2 – 3 p.m.

Killing Poachers in Not the Answer: Community-Based Conservation as a More Effective Tool

Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation, The Living Desert

Caring for the animals on this planet is among the greatest challenges, particularly when some of the largest (rhinos) and most charismatic (the critically endangered vaquita porpoise) are the victims of escalating rates of poaching. This lecture discusses how the common response of Westerners to poachers can undermine conservation, and how genuinely engaging communities can be far more effective than taking a militaristic approach.

** Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 2 – 3 p.m.

The Reality of Our Changing Climate and How it Affects Our Wildlife

Allen Monroe, President and CEO, The Living Desert

Climate change, as seen by hotter summers, drier grasslands, more frequent and intense fires, is threatening homes, lifestyles, and importantly wildlife and wildlands. Monroe will detail these changes and share reasons to be hopeful in combating climate change by working together.

For more information about the lectures, visit For more information about The Living Desert, visit

About The Living Desert:
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top destination in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit


Oct 22 2019


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



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