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This blog was a collaboration between experts at the Global Center for Species Survival, including Plants & Fungi Conservation Coordinator Cátia Canteiro and Global Center intern Ella Sarles. 

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Our planet connects humans, animals, plants and fungi. It’s beautiful, inspiring and fragile. The Earth and all of its species are feeling the effects of climate change. Learn about the Indianapolis Zoo’s green initiatives aimed at reversing climate change.

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The Indianapolis Zoo’s Global Center for Species Survival is a partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission. The Global Center supports and connects thousands of conservation experts working to secure a future for animals, fungi and plants in more than 160 countries. The Global Center for Species Survival was made possible through a start-up grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Zoo staff member holds a scarlett macaw named Ruby. Ruby is perched on the woman's hand while they stand outside on a bright, spring day.

Catia Canteiro


Plants and fungi have been the focus of Cátia Canteiro’s career for more than 10 years, beginning with conservation planning and action, including environmental impact assessments, monitoring studies and the restoration of temporary ponds. She previously worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, where she assessed the extinction risk of more than 500 species for the IUCN Red List.

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