Endangered Species Day

The Delaware Museum of Natural History’s features hands on activities and speakers on Saturday, May 19 for Endangered Species Day.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History will recognize Endangered Species Day on Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with hands on learning stations, activities, and expert presentations. Visitors will learn about some of the issues threatening the environment, and more importantly, what they can do to help protect endangered species. We will also be reading Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins for story time, with a tiger headband craft in the Nature Nook.
Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places, and provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight the everyday actions that individuals can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants.
Special presentations include:
11 a.m. Chimpanzee Conservation in Gishwati Forest, Rwanda
Rebecca Chancellor, Departments of Anthropology & Sociology and Psychology
Aaron Rundus, Department of Psychology
West Chester University
Chancellor and Rundus have studied a population of chimpanzees in Gishwati Forest, Rwanda since 2008. Once the second largest forest in Rwanda, Gishwati has been reduced due to anthropogenic activities beginning in the 1970’s. They are seeking to understand how forest fragmentation affects the behavioral ecology of chimpanzees including their social and communicative behavior, their ranging and foraging behavior and the evolution of cultural knowledge. In addition, their research program examines the effects of chimpanzee crop raiding and anthropogenic activities (e.g., ecotourism) on the health and welfare of the chimpanzee population.

Noon: I care for nature by… a look at elephants, turtles, and environmental identity!
Christina M. Wesolek, Preceptor, Physical Science, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL), University of Delaware
Learn about conservation work with elephants and turtles, and how the local community has an impact. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about their environmental identity and how they can care about nature in their own backyard, community, and beyond.