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Environmental seminar speaker to put focus on saving jaguars

Sharon Matola, founding director of The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, will host the next Alfred University Environmental Studies Speaker Series seminar with a discussion titled, “Saving Jaguars: The Belize Zoo Making a Difference.”

The lecture will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (room 247), the Science Center, on the Alfred University Campus.

Known as “The Best Little Zoo in the World,” the Belize Zoo has become a leading force in environmental awareness, positively affecting the nation of Belize as well as the international community.

Matola has developed a “multi-faceted” jaguar program at the Zoo, employing unique strategies aimed at seeing that jaguars live on in Belize, and throughout their remaining range, forever. The innovative jaguar conservation program reflects the creative and effective profile of The Belize Zoo. For more information contact

The Environmental Studies Seminar series is held every Friday during the fall semester when the University is in session. All the lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Division of Environmental Studies within Alfred University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the series brings a range of speakers to the campus, including scientists, activists, and policy-makers, with the mission to better understand our environment and what we can do to better sustain our world.