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Safari West Presents! Social Life of the Tuco-Tuco

Friday August 26, 2022 | 8:00pm – 8:30pm


Eileen Lacey Conservation SpeakerConservation Dinner Series: Eileen Lacey join us in the elephant room after dinner to give a talk about the tuco-tuco, (a gopher-like rodent). The conservation dinner series is complimentary to all dinner guests.

Eileen Lacey is a behavioral ecologist who has spent 30 years studying the social lives of tuco-tucos in South America. Her work as taken her from Tierra del Fuego to Lake Titicaca to try to understand why different species of tuco-tucos display dramatically different patterns of social behavior. Eileen’s work has revealed that while some tuco-tucos are solitary (each adult lives alone in its own burrow system), others are quite social (extended families share the same burrow and nest site). Come learn how Eileen studies tuco-tucos in the wild and why she has spent so much time to trying to decode the secrets of their social lives.