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Cocktails for Conservation

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Cocktails for Conservation

Art Can Save a Panda

presented by Dr. Lucy Spelman

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 6:30pm-9:00pm

Join us in the Daniels Room at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern for Art Can Save a Panda presented by Dr. Lucy Spelman, founder of Creature Conserve. Creature conserve is a non-profit organization that fosters collaboration between artists and scientists. Guests will also be able to view some of Dr. Spelman’s students’ artwork.
In this talk, Dr. Spelman makes the case for bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained and informed public support for animal conservation. The need for a new, more collaborative and creative approach to saving animal species is urgent. We live together in an increasingly urban world, disconnected from nature, unaware that wild animals are rapidly going extinct and that our health depends on their health. Using examples, including work by her students at the Rhode Island School of Design, Dr. Spelman shows it is possible to reconnect the arts and sciences to make the problems facing the animal kingdom, as well as the solutions, more accessible, meaningful, and relevant.
Proceeds from Cocktails for Conservation will go to Creature Conserve.

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About Dr. Lucy Spelman

Lucy Spelman, DVM is a board-certified zoo and wildlife veterinarian with degrees from Brown University and the University of California at Davis. During her tenure as the first woman and youngest person to head the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, she brought two giant pandas to the US from China. She worked as a consultant for Animal Planet before moving to central Africa to run the field program for the Gorilla Doctors. Since returning home, she has been teaching biology to students at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2015, she founded Creature Conserve to provide ways for artists and scientists to work together for the benefit of all animals. She is the author of 40 scientific articles, the National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia and The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes.

Ticket Info


Ticket includes: Presentation by Dr. Lucy Spelman, founder of Creature Conserve.

Note: A cash bar will be available in the Daniels Room.

*Note: Guests must be 12+ to attend, and guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. MUST be 21+ to drink.

Cocktails for Conservation FAQ

Will tickets be available at the door?

Tickets will be available at the door as long as tickets are still available.

Where should I park? Where do I go for the event's check in?

Please park in the larger lot across the street unless you require handicap parking which is available in front of the restaurant’s entrance.

Check-in will be located inside of Gallford’s Restaurant & Tavern. Please either have your ticket printed or have the ticket pdf open on your phone.

What is the schedule for the evening?

6:30pm: Check-in
Check in will take in Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern. Please have your tickets printed or open on your phone.

7:00pm: Presentation by Dr. Lucy Spelman
Learn about how Creature Conserve combines art and science to support wildlife conservation.

Does the ticket include zoo admission?

Southwick’s Zoo will not be open during Cocktails for Conservation.

Can I purchase tickets for my children?

Children ages 12 and older may attend this event. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests who wish to purchase a drink from the cash bar must be 21+.

Located at Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick’s Street

Mendon, MA 01756



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