With its sweeping grassland and endless animal herds, long ago the American Great Plains functioned as a North American version of the Serengeti or Masai Mara in Africa. Flores will talk about this time period and describe how, in one of the greatest destructions of wildlife in world history, we unthinkingly destroyed the American Serengeti in the 19th and 20th centuries. Flores delves into the remaining possibilities to restore at least some places on the Great Plains to their former glory as world-class wildlife reserves. Flores is the 2017 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize Winner for “American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains.” He is a writer and historian who specializes in environmental and cultural history of the American West. Before his retirement, Flores held the A.B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana. He is also the author of “Coyote America,” winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. Flores will be awarded the Book Prize medal during this event. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. This event is part of the Paul A. Olson Great Plains lecture series, which is always free and open to the public.