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Greenville Zoo to Present “Saving the Sea Turtles” June 27

June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Greenville Zoo will present its next conservation lecture this Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (300 College Street). Guest speaker Kelly Thorvalson, the conservation programs manager at the South Carolina Aquarium, will discuss sea turtle conservation initiatives related to plastic pollution, sea level rise, climate change and sustainable seafood.

Thorvalson received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston and began working with the South Carolina Aquarium in 1999, a year before the aquarium opened its doors. In addition to helping build the initial animal collection, Thorvalson assisted with the first sea turtles admitted for rehabilitation. Prior to becoming the conservation programs manager, she managed the Sea Turtle Care Center for 12 years.

Persistent and pervasive, plastic litter in the marine environment is responsible for a host of unintended yet often fatal consequences for a wide array of wild species, while increasing storms and rising sea levels threaten all coastal inhabitants. In addition to triaging sick and injured sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Care Center, the South Carolina Aquarium is working to proactively mitigate these environmental risk factors by arming individuals and communities with citizen science tools to inform and help create solutions for a healthier shared environment.

In addition to the lecture, Thorvalson will also be at the Greenville Zoo on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to interact with zoo visitors and provide additional information about the important work she and her colleagues at the South Carolina Aquarium are doing. This engagement is free with paid admission to the zoo.

The Greenville Zoo’s Conservation Lecture Series is free and open to the public and the subject matter is appropriate for the entire family. While not required, attendees are asked to pre-register online if possible. The lecture will be held on the first floor and attendees should use the museum’s side entrance off Academy Street. Free parking is available at the Heritage Green parking deck.




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