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The Truth About the Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf has long been villainized by fairytales, causing undue fear and mistrust in the animal. In reality, gray wolves are social, intelligent animals that play a vital role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystems as a keystone species. Gray wolves once roamed through most of the continental United States but have lost 80% of their historic range from hunting and habitat loss. The species continues to face an existential threat in the Northern Rocky states including Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming where they are unprotected from yearly hunts and poaching. Today, fewer than 6,000 wolves remain in the lower 48 states.

Join us to learn how getting the facts straight about wolves can help tell a different story about the animal.

The session will begin with a presentation by Erica Berry, author of Wolfish who will address the myths and facts around gray wolves, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Peter Kareiva, president/CEO of the Aquarium, with an emphasis on the Endangered Species Act on its 50th anniversary.

The program will conclude with a cocktail/social hour with music, crafts and a book signing of Wolfish in our Art Gallery. Guests will receive a complimentary drink ticket to our cash bar. Our Babies Gallery will be open for after-hours access.

TICKETS
DATE
Wednesday
March 6, 2024

7:00–9:00 pm PT
COST
$5.00 per ticket for advance online reservations or $10.00 per ticket on the day of the event at the door (pending availability. Please check first).

Parking is $6.00 for the for 2.5 hours in the structure located directly across from the Aquarium. Cash bar.

Speakers

Erica Berry is an author based in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, Outside Magazine, Catapult, The Atlantic, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Dr. Peter Kareiva is the president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific and a professor at UCLA, where he was previously the director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Elishebah Tate-Pulliam is a research assistant at the Aquarium of the Pacific and has contributed to a peer reviewed paper on wolf conservation.

Jackie Zupsic is an Executive Vice President at Tusk Strategies and heads the firm’s Los Angeles office. Tusk is a national regulatory consulting firm that designs communications and legislative campaigns.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays series focuses on animals, nature and conservation efforts. The events bring scientists, authors, and other experts into its Honda Pacific Visions Theater for an illustrated talk paired with book signing or meet and greets and cocktail/social hours with music and crafts. The programs are best suited for high school and college students, young professionals, and adults of all ages. Lectures are also live streamed.

Event Highlights

Woman at bar ordering drinks

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Audience member asking questions

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Three women at a cocktail table laughing

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Man and woman at craft table drawing

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Woman at a craft table drawing

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Couple at computer station drawing a fish

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

EVENT DETAILS

March 6, 2024 7:00–9:00 pm PT
$5.00 per ticket for advance online reservations or $10.00 per ticket on the day of the event at the door (pending availability. Please check first).

Parking is $6.00 for the for 2.5 hours in the structure located directly across from the Aquarium. Cash bar.
(562) 590-3100
Recommended for Ages 14+
Honda Pacific Visions Theater