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Carl Safina at Detroit Zoo Animal Welfare Symposium

May 3, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - May 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

The Detroit Zoological Society will host a presentation by Carl Safina, Ph.D. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, followed by a signing of his latest book, “Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

In Dr. Safina’s lecture, titled, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”, he will share the many ways animals think and feel much like people do; after all, people are animals. They – like us – know who their friends and enemies are, they have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.

Dr. Safina’s writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Oriona and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard and George Rabb medals.

Dr. Safina has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers. In the 1990s, he brought fisheries issues into the environmental mainstream. He led campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets, to rewrite U.S. federal fisheries law, to work toward international conservation of tunas, sharks and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a United Nations global fisheries treaty.

Dr. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the nonprofit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series, “Saving the Ocean”. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Audubon, and online at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He is author of numerous books, including, “Song for the Blue Ocean”. Dr. Safina’s seventh book is “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”.

Dr. Safina’s presentation is open to the public; however, due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.

For more information on Carl Safina, Ph.D., visit

Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: Ford Center, Detroit Zoo

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May 3, 2017 @ 7:15 pm
May 5, 2017 @ 8:30 pm