Ocala, FL—Horse Farms Forever, Inc.® is hosting Carlton Ward Jr., a National Geographic Explorer and photographer, as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Conservation Summit on Thurs., Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company at 1701 SW 60th Avenue.

As part of the Conversation about Conservation series, Ward shares the story about photographing the first female Florida panther documented north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. His quest to photograph the elusive and endangered Florida Panther was documented in the “Path of the Panther,” an award-winning documentary film produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The photo of Babs shows that the range has expanded north from the Everglades, and is a key to the panther’s recovery. The panthers’ long-term survival depends on protecting land within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor is an existing, nearly contiguous network of land that stretches from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys over about 18 million acres. About half of the corridor is at risk of being developed. About 40% of Marion County is included as part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Additional speakers include Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation; and Traci Deen, President/CEO of Conservation Florida. The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association is a founding member of HFF and is a gold sponsor for the event.

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