The Cincinnati Zoo is known the world over. But what you might not is they are home to an entire team of scientists working to save animals and plants from extinction.

Dr. Terri Roth is the director for the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) and she invited me into their lab to learn how her team is working to save our planet’s amazing species. From big cats like snow leopards to Sumatran rhinos to shrubs native only the American Southwest, CREW is doing some amazing work in preserving Earth’s biodiversity.

Side note: If you’ve never been up close and personal with a male aardvark while his mate is getting an ultrasound, I can tell you it’s terrifying. Those guys aren’t small and can be protective and I am convinced the only thing that saved me from getting bull-rushed by one was that he was distracted with his lunch.

Discussion Guide: Terri Roth and Crew – Extinction Savers

Modeling Genetic Diversity Activity

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