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After earning a degree in biological sciences at the University of Naples, Flegra Bentivegna worked at the Stazione Zoologica "Anton Dohrn" of Naples since 1973, becoming specialized in Ichthyology at the Natural History Museum of Paris and in Aquariology at the University of Nice in France.

Since 1983 she has been the Curator of the Aquarium of the Stazione Zoologica "Anton Dohrn". She has been working as a member of several Committees, such as the Executive Committee of the EUAC (European Union Aquarium Curators) and of the 5th International Aquarium Congress that will be held in Monaco in November 2000. For the Centro Studi Cetacei account, she is the national coordinator of the stranded sea turtles on the Italian coasts.

Since 1995 Dr. Bentivegna has been teaching Marine Zoology at the Istituto Universitario Navale and, since 1999, at the Museology of Marine Organisms at the Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples.

1986 she organized the first rescue center for sea turtles in Europe at the Aquarium of the Stazione Zoologica. Animals found in difficulty are treated, rehabilitated and then released into the wild. During the last years she has been carrying on a program of safeguarding Mediterranean sea turtles in collaboration with international experts and the most important organizations working in the field. Last year she represented Italy in the first meeting of the experts organized by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to arrange the Action Plan for Conservation of Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean and initiated a project for the RAC/SPA (UNEP) to establish a rescue center for sea turtles in Tunisia.


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