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Don’t miss out on this years Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball, the masquerade fundraiser of the year, hosted by DLiA!  Come to the Zoo from 6 to 10 PM, dressed as your favorite Smoky Mountain creature, and enjoy fun for the whole family. With a Smokies Salamander Parade, live band performance, and live and silent auctions, you and your family can have fun together while supporting research and preservation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Knoxville Zoo is a new location for the Salamander Ball, and we think the perfect locale! Nothing else in Knoxville is quite so wild!  When it comes to setting a truly exotic stage for your special event, no place compares to Knoxville Zoo.  Lions roar in the distance, monkeys chatter nearby, and a giraffe might even stretch his neck in your direction to check out the party. The Zoos unique venue provides the perfect backdrop for the Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball.


Bring the whole family! There is something for everyone, including:

E.O. Wilson and Todd Witcher Interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper March 22, 2012

E. O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard and Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

"The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began in 1998 and is still going strong. To date, biologists have identified over 7000 species in the Park, with more than 900 species that are new to science. Discover Life in America, the non-profit overseeing the inventory, is holding its annual conference in Gatlinburg with keynote speaker E.O. Wilson. Wilson is a naturalist and Harvard professor who began his graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Wilson and with Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America. Witcher says the ATBI in the Smokies has become a model for projects just like it all over the world..."


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Thank you for a great 2014 ATBI Conference

Thank you to all who participated in, and attended our annual ATBI Conference of March 2014. We believe it was very profitable: not only for the attendees in general, but for the gathering and collaboration of experts in the field of conservation biology. We were also delighted and enthused by the presence and presentations of our keynote speaker, bat conservationist and author, Dr. Merlin Tuttle.

Thank you Dr. Tuttle!
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