Romulus E. Whitaker - Keynote
Project Manager (India), Global Snakebite Initiative, Madras Crocodile Bank and Centre for Herpetology. Board of Directors for King Cobra Conservancy
Dan Keyler, Pharm. D, FAACT - Plenary Speaker
Professor, Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology
University of Minnesota
President - North American Society of Toxinology
Mahmood Sasa - Plenary Speaker
Senior Professor, Clodomiro Picado Institute, Faculty of Microbiology.
Wildlife Biologist, IUCN Crocodile specialist group.
Co-Director, Kentucky Reptile Zoo
Director, Medtoxins & The Reptile Discovery Center
Chris Jenkins, Ph.D
CEO, The Orianne Society
Matt Goode, Ph. D
School of Natural Resources & Environment
University of Arizona
See below to learn about all presentations and their abstracts
The Rattlesnake Conservancy (TRC) and Save The Snakes (STS) are collaborating to hold the first Venomous Herpetology Symposium in Florida. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together zoos, researchers, students, private herpetoculturists, and conservationists in a common setting to discuss various issues in venomous herpetology. The theme this year is "Bridging the Gap", referring to bridging the gap between the aforementioned groups' conservation efforts and the public. Topics at the symposium will include partnerships, education initiatives, biosecurity, snake bite management, managing collections of venomous reptiles, venom toxinology, conservation techniques, and using social media!
The TRC and STS look forward to hosting the symposium and thank-you to Zoo Miami for providing a great venue!
Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest zoo in Florida and the only sub-tropical zoo in the continental United States. The unique climate in South Florida allows them to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia, and Africa, representing a broad mix of species that is unlike any other zoo in the country.
The history of the zoo can be traced back to 1948, with what was then known as the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne, just off the coast of downtown Miami. At that time, the zoo occupied 48 acres of the park and its first animals included some lions, an elephant and a rhinoceros that had been stranded when a circus went out of business in Miami.
Zoo Miami today occupies almost 750 acres and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species. Of this population, more than 40 species are classified as endangered. The zoo also houses more than 1,000 species of trees, palms and other plants, and over 100 special exhibits showcasing a broad number of species and scientific topics.
Zoo Miami is proud to be an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives, and we are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents.