Bobcat conservation talk

Safari West Presents! Felidae Conservation Fund

Friday October 7, 2022 | 8:00pm – 8:30pm


Conservation Dinner Series: Zara McDonald of Felidae Conservation Fund joins us in the elephant room after dinner to give a talk about living with wild cats. The conservation dinner series is complimentary to all dinner guests.

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Biologist, entrepreneur and cross-sector consultant Zara McDonald is the founder and president of Felidae Conservation Fund, a global conservation organization conducting innovative research on wild felid species in the Bay Area and in targeted regions across the globe. Zara has led multiple startup ventures in technology, biotechnology, healthcare and private equity. She formed Felidae in 2006 after a transformative encounter on a Bay Area trail with a mountain lion. The benign encounter compelled her to question the prevailing narrative of the dangerous predator, leading to further questions about how wild felids influence ecosystems and biodiversity, especially at the urban-wildland interface, and how we can succeed at co-existence. She has worked throughout the world researching snow leopards, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and multiple lesser known small cat species in Asia, Africa and South America. Zara is also a former competitive marathoner and ultra-runner, as well as a longtime insight meditation practitioner, an experienced yoga teacher, and biohacking and health coach.