May Meeting


South Africa: Flora, Fauna, Conservation, & Culture!

Presented by Dr. David Lovejoy, Westfield State University

Wednesday May 16, 2017


Tollman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum

The above title is only slightly modified from the one used for a 15-day trip sponsored by the University of Connecticut Alumni Association in late summer 2017. Dave and Debbie Lovejoy were two of only eight participants on the trip. Dave’s presentation will focus on the fauna and flora of this beautiful country and will include Cape Town’s Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, the “wildflower capital” of Nieuwoudtville, and Kruger National Park. Although plants and animals will be emphasized, conservation issues and poaching will be discussed as well, along with some comments on the cultural and economic inequities of this diverse land. (Apartheid did not magically disappear in 1994.)