The Port Aransas Art Center is pleased to host a lecture and slide presentation, “Birds, Beast, and Conservation in the Northern Serengeti” by Scott Holt on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Scott is a retired Research Scientist and avid photographer. He will discuss the northern extension of the Serengeti in Kenya – the Masai Mara.
The Serengeti ecosystem is a vast region in Tanzania and extreme southern Kenya that is home to one of the last great wildlife migrations in the world. Covering and area of some 12,000 square miles, the grassy plains and scattered woodlands and streams are home to nearly 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras and nearly 70 other species of large mammals, creating one of the greatest animal spectacles on earth. Each year the wildebeest and zebras make an extensive circuit around the Serengeti following the seasonal rains. In late summer, the herds amass in the northern reaches of the Serengeti, the area of Kenya known as the Masai Mara. It is a time of plenty for all the animals there, resident and migrant – predator and prey.
The presentation will include a discussion of the Mara ecosystem, its mammals and birds, the human influences (both resident peoples, the Masai, and the transient peoples, the hordes of tourist), the conservations efforts, and a simple exaltation of the grandeur of the region.
About Scott Holt
Born and raised in Texas, Scott Holt has recently retired from a 35 year career as a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Scott received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Texas A&M University before coming to work for MSI. His research centered on fish ecology and specifically the early life stages of fishes. He and Joan, his wife of 40 years and also a fisheries biologist, have traveled extensively over their lifetime together, both for work and for pleasure. With both having extensive training in ecology, they find it a natural process to observe the biological interactions of the animals, plants and human cultures of the places they visit.