Learn about wildlife field conservation over dinner and drinks at the zoo! Oregon Zoo Pub Talks connect you with conservation experts who are actively working on species recovery efforts. Each month conservation, animal care or wildlife science professionals share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the forests of Borneo to the skies and seas of the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon Zoo Pub Talks are fun, educational events that help support the zoo's mission of creating a better future for wildlife through its animal welfare, education and conservation programs. Talks take place in the Cascade Crest building, with food and beverages being available for purchase in the Cascade Grill.
October 2 Pub Talk:
Once common on the Oregon coast, sea otters were hunted nearly to extinction for their rich fur in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Although they have returned elsewhere, they remain missing here. What will it take to help them return to Oregon?
This talk will explore the history of sea otters in Oregon, their ecological and cultural importance, and the prospects for their return and recovery. It will touch on the mission of the Elakha Alliance, an Oregon non-profit organization devoted to sea otter conservation.
Robert Bailey is President of the Elakha Alliance, an Oregon non-profit dedicated to restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast.
Peter Hatch is a Siletz tribal member of Coos, Siuslaw, and Aleut descent. He works in the tribe’s cultural programs department. His father Dave was instrumental in inspiring the work that became the Elakha Alliance, and he carries on that legacy by serving on the organizations Board of Directors.