The Birmingham Zoo and partner organization KultureCity have joined together to host Dr. Temple Grandin and Mr. Grant Maniér for a discussion and book signing in the Safari Peak at the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, July 29. Zoo Members and guests with pre-purchased general admission may enter the Zoo at 8:30am, the discussion begins at 9:20am, and the book signing will follow.
Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the leading advocates in the autism community, and is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience. A professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, she has written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals. Today, half the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she has designed. For more information on Dr. Temple Grandin, visit www.templegrandin.com.
In addition, Grant Maniér will be presenting to the public about his experiences living with autism, and how he has incorporated conservationism into his work. A young award winning Eco-Artist and advocate, Mr. Maniér’s artistic foundation is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” His art techniques have become a form of therapy for autism. His journey has inspired a children’s book, Grant, the Jigsaw Giraffe – Different is MORE!, a story of a young giraffe born different, but who follows his passion despite his challenges. For more information on Grant Maniér, visit www.jigsawgrant.com.
“We are excited to have Dr. Grandin and Mr. Maniér at the Birmingham Zoo, and to further our partnership with our friends at KultureCity,” says Roger Torbert, Birmingham Zoo VP of Education. “As the first sensory inclusive Zoo in the nation, we are excited to see these efforts expand through other institutions and are continuing to provide for this underserved community. “Through new signage, expanded sensory bags and events, like this, we are continuing to grow this program and are always thankful for KultureCity’s support along the way.”
This event is free for Birmingham Zoo Members and is included in admission for Zoo guests.