Lou Perrotti might be the biggest fan of the beetles – the American burying beetles, that is. Since the early 1990s, the Director of Conservation Programs at the Roger William Park Zoo has led the effort to recover the species in the eastern part of its range, including by establishing a captive-rearing program at the zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, and collaborating with partners to reestablish a population on the island of Nantucket. He even brings his work home with him every day: he has a larger-than life tattoo of an American burying beetle on his forearm.
This spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Lou as Recovery Champion for his work to advance conservation for the species. It’s just one example of his life-long commitment to conserving creatures that most people overlook.
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