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The Wilds

Life sciences, veterinary medicine

  • 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21
  • Buses depart from Hilton
  • Cost: $50 (lunch included; registration required)
  • Limit: 60 participants
  • Please wear sturdy shoes

Trek through the largest wildlife conservation center for endangered species in North America. A private, nonprofit safari park located about 90 minutes from Columbus, The Wilds combines cutting-edge conservation science with hands-on adventure. It encompasses 9,154 acres or approximately 14 square miles of reclaimed surface mining land.  It hosts rare and endangered species from around the globe—more than 350 mammals representing 31 different species, including cheetahs, takin and antelope. You’ll also glimpse giraffes, zebras, camels, rhinos and a herd of American bison. The chief science officer for the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds will describe a new and unique research program that explores the intersections of animal health, environmental health and human health. And you’ll learn about research conducted by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, including an ongoing program for the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases—ailments that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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