The Big Cats: Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs and Leopards [F-23-7]

Presenter:John McDonald
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Kellas 104
Classes: 5 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 1:00 PM 09/11, 09/18, 09/25, 10/02, 10/16

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In this course we will be studying lions, tigers, cheetahs & leopards. We will discuss the history and evolution of each species, along with their similarities & differences. We will also look at human & cat interactions & conflicts as well as the geopolitical influences which will either save these animals for future generations or will result in their extinction in the wild.

John McDonald retired from IBM and Arrow Electronics. He has had a life long interest in the big cats. While in college he worked in primate research. After graduation he spent some time with Dave Hoover, the lion & tiger trainer for the Clyde Beatty & Cole Bros. Circus. He corresponded with George Adamson of "Born Free" fame & was offered the opportunity to conduct field research on Adamson's Lions in Kenya. Over a period of 3 years he made multiple trips to Africa where he worked with wild & ambassador cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Funds research facility in Namibia. This past winter he spent 5 months lecturing on the Florida Panther and black bears at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida.

Special Instructions:

No class on October 9.

Cap: 46

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