Science Café on the Coast Goes Wild with the Hattiesburg Zoo

News item published on: 2019-09-10 09:29:25

Science Café on the Coast presents “Native Wildlife in Mississippi” on Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in the Barry L. Mellinger Student Center at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus.

Laura Leggett from the Hattiesburg Zoo’s education department will discuss the variety of animal species in the state, their habitats and conservation efforts to protect those species that are endangered. Depending on availability, species may include a king snake, American alligator, gopher tortoise, barred owl, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl and box turtle.

Leggett has been at the Hattiesburg Zoo for three years. She started in the animal care department and became the outreach coordinator in February 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Animals and wildlife conservation have always been her biggest passions, and the Hattiesburg Zoo has given Leggett a platform to share her passion with others.

Science Café offers those with minimal background in science the chance to meet and discuss issues in a relaxed social setting, and is a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library, and Hancock County Library System.

Science Café is free and open to the public. Follow Science Café on the Coast on Facebook for upcoming events and live streaming by visiting:

For directions to campus, click here. For more information about the event, email or call 601.928.6286.