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Jim Knox    

Wildlife Expert & Beardsley Zoo Curator of Education

Jim Knox serves as the Curator of Education for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo where he directs educational programming and conducts field conservation for this AZA-accredited institution.

Knox is a graduate of Cornell University where he studied Animal Science and Applied Economics. He has studied Great White Sharks in South Africa, conducted field research on Alaskan Brown Bears, field conservation for Atlantic Salmon and written nationally for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A member of The Explorers Club, Knox has served as an on-camera wildlife expert for The Today Show, as well as The CBS Early Show, and has lectured for The Yale School of The Environment and The Harvard College Conservation Society. Knox has been featured in The New York Times, served as a TEDx Presenter and as a Guest Host for Connoisseur Media Star 99.9 FM Anna & Raven Show. Knox writes a column, Wildly Successful, for The Greenwich Sentinel and is proud to serve as a Science Adviser to The Bruce Museum.

Speech Topics


Animals, Humans and COVID: What We All Need to Know

Do bats carry Corona virus? What’s a pangolin...and can it transmit COVID-19 to humans? Can zoo tigers pass the virus to humans? Can I give the virus to my pet? From the opening days of the pandemic, animals have been at the center of a nexus of uncertainty—and the questions keep mounting. Join Zoologist and curator, Jim Knox to get emerging science from the zoological world. Do a deep dive on Corona viruses—learning vital information to discover what we all need to know.

Zoonotic Diseases: What We Need to Know to Keep Ourselves and Our Animals Safe

The 21st century has brought unprecedented change to our planet—and with it—emerging diseases transmitted from animals to people. Little known until recently—West Nile, Zika, Lyme, and Corona join the list of growing diseases bringing the fight to humankind. Join Zoologist and curator, Jim Knox to explore the connection between animal zoonotic diseases and humans. Learn what we can expect—and, most importantly, what we can do to protect ourselves and our animals from the dangers.

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