The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is holding its monthly free public lecture on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 7.30pm.
The subject of this month's lecture is "The Amazing Leopard Shark" by Dr Christine Dudgeon, Shark & Ray Laboratory, University of Queensland.
Leopard Shark, Photo by F.Bavendam, Minden Pictures Nat Geog
The Indo-Pacific leopard shark (zebra shark, Stegostoma fasciatum) is a unique and distinctive species. While mostly sighted in few numbers across their distribution, they form predictable aggregations in Southern Qld and Northern NSW waters during the summer months each year. Over the last 14 years, Christine Dudgeon, along with a fantastic team of researchers and volunteers has filled in several knowledge gaps on the population ecology, population structure, movements and genetics of this species.
Christine's talk explores these discoveries and how this information has been used to launch citizen science projects in other parts of the globe as well as inform conservation assessments, for what is now classified as an 'Endangered' species (IUCN Red List).
Come along and enjoy the lecture and meet other people who are interested in wildlife and conservation. Tea and coffee available. The lecture is free to all, though donations are always welcome. If you are interested in the activities of the Branch, consider volunteering and helping out with their programme of events.