October 11, 2023

Museum to Host Book Signing and Photography Hike at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park

Therese Apel

Acclaimed author and photographer Wesley L. Shoop will headline an event at the Mississippi Department Wildlife Fisheries and Parks’ Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on November 11.

The event takes place from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Visitors will embark on an enchanting journey into the heart of Mississippi’s rich natural heritage as Shoop explores the nature of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in a presentation about his new book, “Mississippi’s Natural Heritage: Photographs of Flora and Fauna”. The book glories in the plants and animals of the state and includes a vast array of invertebrates, fossils, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants, and fungi.

Shoop is former professor of parasitology at Murray State Univer­sity; director of parasitology at Merck & Co., Inc.; and vice president and global head of animal health at DuPont. He has published over a hundred scientific articles and discovered antiparasitic drugs such as eprinomectin in Eprinex and afoxalaner in NexGard. Shoop has also identified and photographed over a thousand species of flora and fauna in Mississippi.

He will personally sign copies of his book, share breathtaking images, and instruct visitors in creating their own memorable photos on a guided hike along the Museum’s nature trails in the park.

“Wesley L. Shoop’s dedication to his craft shines through as he shares his years of exploration, capturing a window into the remarkable diversity of life found right here in our back yard,” said Museum Director Charles Knight.

The event is included with Museum admission of $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens 60+, and $6 for youth ages 3-18, or with Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation Membership. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.mdwfp.com/museum or call (601) 576-6000. Follow us at www.facebook.com/msnaturalscience, www.instagram.com/MSScienceMuseum, and www.twitter.com/MSScienceMuseum.

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