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Lily Maynard

… is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, where she is completing a dissertation studying the conservation impacts of zoos and aquariums across North America. Her research focus is on the field of the human dimensions of wildlife conservation as she is passionate about researching ways to engage more people in conservation. She grew up at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where she developed a passion for wildlife conservation and getting up close with animals. She studied biology and animal behavior at Smith College, and worked for years in Africa and Central America on community-based conservation projects. These international experiences were a turning point for her, leading her away from animal behavior research and toward active conservation research focused on people and communities. She is an alum of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, and she currently works as a Conservation Program Manager of primates at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.