Losing and Recovering the American Serengeti

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, CO

To western history fans, wildlife lovers, and prairie enthusiasts, you’ll enjoy a talk by Dan Flores, based on his recent book, American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, in which he recounts the tremendous wildlife diversity and abundance that once occurred in the Great Plains. The term American Serengeti brings home the idea that North America’s grasslands once hosted teeming and diverse wildlife, on the same level of excitement as what remains in national parks within the African Serengeti. In America, that included countless bison, pronghorn, elk, and wild horses. Chasing them around were scores of grizzly bears, wolves, and coyotes.

Flores explores in riveting detail how this fantastic world was lost during the settlement of the American West in the 1800s and 1900s. He writes, “What we did to the Great Plains was not some admirable conquest. It was a myopic, chaotic, unthinking destruction, and, I think, immoral.”

But there’s still time to recover what was lost and plenty of room for optimism. Flores draws from the region’s rich history to discuss the urgent need to preserve North America’s grasslands by creating large expanses of preserved areas, and he discusses current exciting efforts to recover the American Serengeti. These include efforts close to Denver.

Southern Plains Land Trust
Defenders of Wildlife
Contact Email: 
Ashleigh Wheeler, awheeler18@lax.du.edu