For decades preservation endeavors have worked to prolong/revive myriad endangered species. But for various reasons, there are complications in getting some animals to breed in captivity. Learn more about this cumbersome topic at this week's Science on the Edge lecture, "The Science and Technology of Breeding Endangered Species when Mother Nature Needs a Helping Hand." The talk takes place on Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.), and the speaker will be Terri Roth, VP of Conservation and Science/CREW Director at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (pictured).
The talk will explore how changes in the natural environment can disrupt reproductive efficiency, and how cutting-edge technology has helped scientists to learn more about the needs of particular species — and to produce offspring. A local connection: the world's first artificial insemination attempt with a polar bear occurred at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Tickets are $15 ($14 for RMSC members) or $8 for students ($7 for members). For more information, call 697-1942 or visit rmsc.org.