When: Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
presented by Maya Kaup, a Master’s of Science Candidate at the University of Mississippi. The lecture will be held in the Zoo’s Flamingo Room at 7:00 PM and preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 PM. Maya’s research focuses on the many microorganisms living in the fur of sloths. She will discuss the reasons why sloths are so interesting to study and will present her current research, taking the audience on a journey through the rainforests of Costa Rica. Maya Kaup (MS candidate) is a Humboldt native who grew up at the Sequoia Park Zoo. When she turned 16, she began volunteering through the Zoo Crew program to gain experience with animal husbandry. After graduating from Eureka High School, she moved to Salem, Oregon to attend Willamette University. While pursuing her B.A. in Biology, she also worked at Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center, caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. She graduated in 2017 and now attends the University of Mississippi where she is pursuing a M.S. in Biology.