HOTSPOTS (USA, 2008, 89 min.)

The richness of our planet and the importance of conserving its extraordinary biodiversity for medical purposes is the central theme of this film. It takes viewers on an adventure with Dr. Russell Mittermeier through a handful of the 35 most biologically rich life zones on earth. By making these locations a priority, conservation ecologists believe that the rapid rate of species extinctions might be reversed. The possible obliteration of these species with their unknown potential benefits, illustrates how critical it is that we humans protect our environment for the sake of all species inhabiting the earth. Directed and written by Michael Tobias. Hosted by Russell A. Mittermeier. Produced by Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Tobias.

Introduced by Don Moore, Associate Director of Animal Care, National Zoological Park. Discussion with filmmakers Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison and scientist Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier, President, Conservation International, follows screening.

At 7:00 p.m., preceding the screening, Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier will sign copies of his book, “Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecosystems.”

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National Zoological Park, Visitors Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Free parking: Connecticut Ave. entrance, Lot A.(METRO: Woodley Park)

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