Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT
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Niabi Zoo 
13010 Niabi Zoo Road
Coal Valley, IL 61240

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Joel Vanderbush 
Niabi Zoo 


Conservation & Science Speaker Dinner 

The African Painted Dog is an endangered species. The team at Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) has been working to save this important species for decades. Based at the Sizinda Conservation Ecology Center in Zimbabwe, there has been severe drought, which has severely impacted the population of Painted Dogs as well as local communities.

Recently, lightning struck one of the buildings at the Center and burned it to the ground. The profits from this fundraising dinner is to help PDRT recover and continue their important work. 
PDRT works with local communities in Zimbabwe to remove snare wire used to kill wildlife, including painted dogs. To prevent the wire from ending up back in the hands of poachers, the snare wire is shaped into these artistic pieces. These will be available at the dinner. Every purchase helps support Painted Dogs and the communities working to protect them.

Come enjoy a catered meal, drinks and a special presentation by Dr. Greg Rasmussen, Executive Director of PDRT. Learn more about how Niabi's partnership with PRDT has expanded conservation education efforts and has connected children in the Quad Cities to those in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Price: (Adults 21 and over only)
Zoo Members = $48
Non-Members = $60  

Dinner Menu
Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken
Vegetarian Pasta with vegetables
Parmesan Potatoes
Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Cherry Cheesecake
Bar (Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks) - one drink included with dinner. Cash bar available afterward.

Registration is limited and must be received by March 13.