Mountain Lion lecture series on Wednesday

The Orange County Natural History Lecture Series will feature a presentation on mountain lions from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday May 7 at the Back Bay Science Center.

Conservationist Zara McDonald will discuss “Living with Mountain Lions” at the event, where she will describe mountain lion ecology and history and the challenges of sharing habitat with them. She’ll also offer safety tips for recreational activities where you may find mountain lions.

McDonald, a veterinary technician, is founder and president of Felidae Fund, a California-based wild cat research, education, and outreach organization, according to an event announcement.

“Zara came into contact with mountain lions on two separate occasions during trail runs in Marin County, and began allocating time to wildlife ecology and veterinary studies,” the announcement said. “She formed Felidae in 2006 to research and conserve wild cats as apex predators and keystone species in ecosystems throughout the world.”

Where: Back Bay Science Center | 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach

When: Wednesday, May 7 | Gates will open at 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

Reserve your spot: please call 949-644-3037 or email

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