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Safari West Presents! Save the Snakes

Saturday October 14, 2023 | 8:00pm – 8:30pm


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Conservation Dinner Series: Michael G. Starkey of Save the Snakes joins us in the elephant room after dinner to give a talk about California’s snakes. The conservation dinner series is complimentary to all dinner guests.

If you would like to just go to this presentation, please reserve dinner by selecting the date of the lecture on the booking page. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM.

Golden-State Snakes: An Introduction to Some of California’s Most Spectacular Serpents

This presentation teaches community members about the ecological importance of snakes, identification of Californian venomous vs non-venomous snake species, precautionary measures to avoid snakebites, and first aid and treatment in the event of a snakebite. You will also learn facts and dispel myths about snake species in your backyard! In this fun, interactive and family-friendly program, Save The Snakes Executive Director Michael Starkey will answer all your questions about snakes!

About the Speaker

Michael G. Starkey is a conservation biologist, ecological consultant and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in wildlife conservation issues. Michael has a diverse background in the field of wildlife conservation and he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. He has worked with a wide diversity of wildlife, including San Francisco garter snakes, giant garter snakes, California tiger salamanders, bats, ringtails and Yucatán black howler monkeys. Michael has developed and implemented community-based conservation initiatives that focused on the protection of wildlife populations in Belize, Ghana, and India. Michael is a Co-Founder of Save The Snakes and serves as Executive Director. He uses his knowledge of snake ecology, positive attitude to inspire, and enthusiasm for snake conservation to engage the public in protecting these beautiful animals. Michael has given presentations around the world to inform the public about the threats facing wildlife and to help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.