Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Expert to Discuss Monarch Butterfly Migrations

KINGSVILLE - March 20, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

World Wildlife Fund coordinator will describe conservation efforts

Dr. Carlos Galindo-Leal, coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund’s Forest Program for Mexico, will make two presentations on international conservation efforts and the monarch butterfly Thursday, April 10. Both presentations will be at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center located on West Corral Avenue in the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park.

During the first presentation, at 3 p.m., Galindo-Leal will share his expertise in conducting and coordinating conservation efforts internationally and tell students how to get involved. At 7 p.m., he will discuss the amazing biology and conservation concerns of monarch butterfly colonies in Mexico. Both presentations are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

Galindo-Leal is the former senior director of Conservation International’s Center for Applied Biodiversity Science “State of the Hotspots Program” for areas of high concentrations of endemic species undergoing exceptional loss of habitat worldwide. He also served as director of the Tropical Research Program, Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.

He holds his bachelor’s degree from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico and his master’s and doctoral degrees in zoology from University of British Columbia in Canada. Galindo-Leal has worked internationally in Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Nicaragua and Panama.

He also will sign copies of his books The Atlantic Forest of South America: Biodiversity Status, Threats, and Outlook (State of the Hotspots) and De Dos Mundos. They will be available for purchase before and after the presentations.

For more information, call Chad Stasey at 361-593-3079 or email wcstasey@hotmail.com.

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