Quarry Hill will launch its winter-spring 2014 Adventures in Living Well series with a presentation by Hope Elephants director Andrew Stewart on Wednesday, February 19, from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the Penobscot Bay YMCA on Union Street in Rockport. Cosponsored by the YMCA and specially designed for adults age 55-plus, the program will be offered free of charge.
Illustrating his remarks with slides, Stewart will share the history and mission of Hope Elephants, discuss the pressures affecting elephants' survival worldwide, and describe the nonprofit organization's involvement in efforts to protect the giant land animals. Light refreshments will be served.
Stewart worked as a safari guide in Botswana after graduating with a degree in animal biology from the University of St. Andrews in his native Scotland. He developed an interest in elephants and, after moving to Maine, moonlighted as an assistant handler at Hope Elephants while running Hope General Store. He was named director of Hope Elephants in September 2013.
Registration is required for Stewart's presentation. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 230-6116.
For information about future Adventures programs, call 230-6116 or visit www.quarryhill.org/news-and-events.