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  • 3/25/2013: Building the Bridge Between Public Health and Biodiversity with Dr. Kathy Alexander Listen Now
  • 3/18/2013: Rekindling Maasai Heritage, with Joshua Ole Musa Listen Now
  • 3/11/2013: We Are the Ancestors of Our Future Listen Now
  • 3/4/2013: Feathered and Free, with guest Julie Murad Listen Now

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Kathy Alexander

Dr. Kathy Alexander, Assoc. Prof. Virgina Tech, PhD/DVM. Dr. Alexander specializes in Disease Ecology with a special focus on disease transmission at the human-wildlife interface and emerging zoonotic disease, public health, ecosystem health, and sustainable community development. Her work evaluates coupled human and ecological drivers influencing the health of human and animal populations in the Chobe River region of Botswana. View Guest page

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Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander was born in N.Y City, and is the founder of Kennebec Entertainment. Peter’s background is in documentary film, which began in the 1970s with ‘The Animals are Crying’ winning 3 film festival first prizes..He is also a writer and author of the illustrated children’s four book series, Mubu, and 3 other children’s books in Thailand. In the 1980;s he moved to Thailand and currently resides in Trang. Peter taught at the NY School of Visual Arts and has lived and worked in Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix, AZ. View Guest page

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Kelvin Alie

Kelvin Alie: A native of Dominica with graduate degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Economics, since 2001 he is responsible for the management and leadership of IFAW’s work to protect wild animals from over-exploitation and illegal trade, leading the global expansion of IFAW’s wildlife crime and consumer awareness program. Under Kelvin, IFAW has expanded a Wildlife Law Enforcement Capacity-Building initiative, providing training, equipment and support to frontline enforcement personnel as well as public awareness aimed at reducing the demand and consumption of endangered species including bushmeat. He helps direct establishing a wildlife enforcement network for the Horn of Africa lobbying governments to strengthen their commitments to international wildlife treaties such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. He is Advisor to the Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program initiative with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. View Guest page

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Dusti Becker

Dr. Dusti Becker: Dusti grew up in North Carolina, Thailand, and Michigan and has worked as a teacher and conservation biologist for the past three decades. She has a Secondary Science Education from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from U. Alberta in Canada. After college, she joined the US Peace Corps and was placed in Kenya as a secondary science teacher (1977-80). Teaching at a rural school on the Laikipia Plateau, she witnessed the challenges of population growth for wildlife preservation in Kenya. This led her to study the human dimensions of wildlife management for a Master’s degree at Yale. While at Yale, she also studied mother-infant behavior of the endangered Grevy’s zebra in Kenya, and after completing her degree, Dusti taught wildlife ecology in Kenya for the School for Field Studies. In 1987 she returned to Canada to do a Ph.D. and embarked on a career combining field research and university teaching. She became an assistant professor at Indiana University where she collaborated with Elinor Ostrom (Nobel Laureate in Economics 2009) focusing on community-based conservation. Now, Dusti and her husband, Tony Povilitis direct a non-profit organization, Life Net Nature, focusing on wildlife conservation. They have recently started a project in Kenya, working to empower Maasai youth in wildlife conservation on the western edge of the famed Masai Mara. View Guest page

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Emeritus Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. Marc has published more than 800 scientific and popular essays and twenty-five books including Minding Animals, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint and Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation; the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, and the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award as part of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program. LINKS:, and View Guest page

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Scott Blais

Scott Blais is CEO and President of Global Sanctuary for Elephants, Brazil with his singular mission to protect, rescue and provide sanctuary for captive and retired elephants. Scott has lived and worked amongst wild and rescued elephants for more than 20 years. Starting as an elephant trainer at age 16 to co-founding the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, to initiating the GSE, Brazil to what will hopefully be the journey to freedom for many captive, and retired circus elephants from public performances for our entertainment. Based on the world-renowned sanctuary experiences of PAWS and The Tennessee Elephants, combined with field research of the Amboseli elephants, we humans can make a profound difference in the lives of captive elephants. Scott and his expert team understand that what an elephant in captivity requires is space and choice- the ability to move freely and choose their daily activities, given love and companionship of their own kind. View Guest page

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Guillaume Bonn

Guillaume Bonn is third generation of a French Family born in Madagascar, studied Politics and Economics in Montreal University and graduated from the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.
 Lived and grew up in Tananarive, Djibouti, Sanaa, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Saigon Geneva, Paris covering Africa as a photo journalist for nearly two decades from war-torn Congo to Mogadishu. In 2011 Vanity Fair commissioned him to photographically document the plight of the African elephant in the feature article Agony & Ivory, which reached out to 1.4 million readers worldwide. His work has appeared in publications like Newsweek, Time, The New York Times magazine, Conde-Nast traveller, Harpers bazaar, Der Spiegel, Outside, Men’s Vogue, US News & World Report, and others. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Vanity Fair Magazine. 
He has directed four film documentaries, worked as a cameraman on “Dying to tell the story”, a 90 minutes documentary which was nominated for an Emmy award.
" Le Mal D’Afrique, a journey into old and new Africa”‎ www. View Guest page

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Sean Carnell

Sean Carnell: As the National Coordinator of the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition (NT4TC), Sean coordinates student groups of tiger mascot schools to generate mass awareness for tiger conservation. He develops national initiatives, conducts capacity-building programs and ensures effective collaboration among the T4T clubs., View Guest page

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Cyril Christo

Christo states, "Humans may have followed elephants along ancient migration paths out of Africa. Like us, elephants recognize who they are...They have influenced us biologically, culturally, and mythically for hundreds of thousands of years. When we stare into their eyes, we stare into the eyes of origin. Without the elephants, we lose our ballast. We have this decade to stop the slaughter of the innocents. Their future is our fate." Cyril Christo and his wife Marie Wilkinson are poets, photographers and documentary filmmakers. The two have documented their passion for the elephant most recently in a book entitled Walking Thunder: In The Footsteps Of The African Elephant (Merrill, London 2009),, which placed in the top two for Nature Photography Book at the 2010 International Photography Awards and is the first all black and white manifesto dedicated to the elephant. The husband and wife team have exposed the degradation of the natural world since 1996, first with the book, Lost Africa (2004), on the tribes of East Africa, about the decimation of the African elephant. Their work brought the slaughter of Africa’s elephants to the attention of the editors at Vanity Fair. In August 2011, the magazine published the searing investigative feature, Agony and Ivory, by writer Alex Shoumatoff about the tens of thousands of elephants massacred because of the demand for ivory amongst China’s newly rich. View Guest page

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Dr. Pete Coppolillo

Pete has worked on topics, ranging from water policy and international development assistance to certification of local green development projects. He has served on the boards of American Working Dogs for Conservation, the Laguntza Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Living Landscapes” and founded the Ruaha Landscape Program, Tanzania and coordinating WCS’s Conservation work in the Yellowstone Rockies of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Pete has studied raptors, large herbivore ecology contributed to conservation efforts in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Congo, Cambodia, He authored scientific publications in Science, Conservation Biology, Human Ecology, PLOS Medicine and Biological Conservation, and is co-author of “Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture. He lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, two kids, two dogs, a cat and a python. View Guest page

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Dr. Robert Crabtree

Dr. Robert Crabtree is Chief Scientist at the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center (YERC) in Bozeman, Montana and is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Since an early age, he has been fascinated with the process of predation and published his first paper while working in the North Cascades, as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho. He received his MS from Utah State University where he examined predation on waterfowl nests at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He received his PhD at the University of Idaho where he focused his dissertation on coyote population demography and social structure in an area where they are not killed or controlled by humans. View Guest page

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Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson is from San Diego, California, USA originally. She has been in Zimbabwe for 10 years working closely with Roger Parry. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Jessica is the General Manager of the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, she also holds a Zimbabwe Dangerous Drug’s license and assists in darting operations for wildlife conservation. Recently, Jessica also has been working to be trained in veterinary laboratory diagnostics and she works together with the VFWT team in setting up the veterinary diagnostics capabilities at the laboratory facility. View Guest page

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Dr. Sharon Deem

Wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist at the Saint Louis Zoo, Sharon is a leader in conservation medicine. Dr. Deem has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Smithsonian National Zoo and lived and worked in the Galapagos for three years as the veterinary epidemiologist for the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos. Sharon has conducted conservation and research projects in 30 countries around the world, from health-monitoring program for gorillas in central Africa, to sea turtles to maned wolves in Bolivia to health care of working elephants in Myanmar. Her interests in wildlife veterinary medicine focus on the spread of disease between domestic animals and wildlife and the health impact of environmental changes and human contact on wild speciesShe is the author of over 75 referred articles, 15 book chapters, and numerous non-referred papers. Sharon has a special fondness for elephants, sea turtles and jaguars View Guest page

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Brooks Fahy

Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, which he co-founded in 1990. Predator Defense works to protect native predators and create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife. For the last 30 years, Brooks has devoted his career to documenting and exposing the dangers wildlife, people and pets face as a result of our USDA ‘Wildlife Services’ lethal methods for controlling native predators such as cougars, coyotes, foxes, wolves, bobcats, and bears. Brooks works tirelessly to bring attention to, and stop, this “war on wildlife” through extensive investigations into the practices of Wildlife Services and their lethal methods which include the use of illegal poisons, traps and snares to “control” native predators. From helping families deal with the aftermath of dead or injured pets by Wildlife Services to running wildlife hospitals, Fahy has extraordinary insight with a unique view into a secret world the general public rarely sees. View Guest page

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Tony Fitzjohn

In 1975, one of the wild lions near George Adamson’s camp inexplicably attacked Tony, biting him in the throat. The lion was driven off and the badly mauled Fitzjohn was carried back to camp, “Am I dying?” he asked. “I think you probably are but I’ll do my best,” George Adamson replied. Fortunately for us all, Tony survived. A Knight of the Order of the British Empire and one of the most recognized activists in the conservation world, to establishing the only Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania at Mkomazi National Park. Tony’s work is an inspirational journey of what one committed individual can achieve against the odds. Learn more about Tony in his autobiography, ‘Born Wild’ and visit and View Guest page

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Camilla H. Fox

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote, a national non-profit organization that promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes and advocates on behalf coyotes and other native carnivores. Camilla assists communities, agencies, wildlife managers, and non-governmental organizations in creating innovative solutions to help people and wildlife coexist. Ms. Fox holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with focus in Wildlife Conservation, Policy, and Ecology from Prescott College and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She has served as an appointed member on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and currently serves on several national and local advisory boards. View Guest page

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Travis Fulton

Travis Fulton, Executive Producer: Travis created the concept of Elephant in the Room. With inspiration from nature and technology Travis designs sculptures and landscapes using metal, wood, water, stone, light and objects germain to the piece. n the late 1970′s Travis conceived an idea for a public water fountain in downtown Aspen Colorado. Travis designed the look and mechanics of the fountain and Nick DeWolf invented the technology that gave the fountain a personality. In the spring of 1980, the fountain came to life as the worlds first computerized dancing fountain. 30 yrs later, it is still an iconic attraction to Aspen residents and visitors alike. View Guest page

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Grace Gabriel

Grace Gabriel: IFAW, Dep. Dir. of Wildlife and Habitat Protection Program. A leader in the fight toward reducing the devastating impacts wildlife trade has on endangered species, Grace has been the driving force behind IFAW China from its inception, nurturing protection for both domestic animals and wildlife in a country where policies regarding conservation and animal welfare were lacking, and initiating the development of China’s first Animal Welfare Law. Grace has testified before the European Union Commission on protecting wild tigers; spoke at the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting regarding controlling global online trade in wildlife and wildlife products, and before the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee about the escalation of global wildlife crime . As native of China, Grace has overseen IFAW’s global campaign to reduce use of endangered species in traditional medicine. Producer, China Central Television, Reporter Radio Beijing, China. View Guest page

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Will Gartshore

Will Gartshore is a Senior Policy Officer in WWF’s US Government Relations department in Washington, DC and leads WWF’s outreach to the US government on wildlife conservation and climate change policies. He works with Congress, US government agencies, and partner NGOs to promote government actions, policies and funding decisions that help to conserve species, stop wildlife crime and advance climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. Mr. Gartshore works closely with the WWF Species and Climate Change teams as their primary U.S. government liaison. Most recently, as part of the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign team, he has led on achieving WWF's US policy campaign goals, including engagement on the President’s Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking and the recently recently National Strategy on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, as well as encouraging numerous efforts in Congress to respond to the poaching crisis, including legislative actions. View Guest page

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Bill Given

Wildlife biologist and Research Associate of the Denver Zoo, Bill Given has worked with everything from butterflies to African lions. Bill is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Botswana based Condition Taste Aversion research project, where for the first time, CTA is being applied toward mitigating predation on livestock by lions. Bill’s decades of work on CTA may provide a revolutionary conservation tool for conflict resolution between predators and people around the globe. As Program Manager of the Colorado Natural Heritage program, Bill coordinated a team of 50 field scientists to survey and document the state’s rare and imperiled species, and of the world’s 75 organizations, this work resulted in being awarded the Natural Heritage Science Program of the Year. For the last ten years he has been the President and Wildlife Biologist for the Western Wildlife Institute endangered species consulting, and contributing to original wildlife research. View Guest page

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Kire Godal

Kire Godal, Producer: and Camera: Kire was born in Aspen, Colorado to Norwegian parents who helped found the ski resort.Growing up on horse back and on skis exploring the mountains developed a life long appreciation of the natural world and an adventurous spirit. Kire studied at UCLA for journalism and film. She has combined her love of adventure with her skills as a filmmaker to create original stories for worldwide audiences. Recently fulfilling a dream she told the story of Kenya’s Maasai warriors and lions on the brink of extinction in the flm "Lion Warriors” for National Geographic Wild Channel’s annual Big Cat Week with her brother Erik Godal who composed the music and also helped her produce. "Lion Warriors" was nominated at 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for best in “People & Nature” category, as well as being a finalist in three categories at the International Wildlife Film Festival 2011. Since 2000 Kire’s exploratory work has documented many rare and secret ceremonies of diverse traditional groups in Africa. Four of her HD films for the “Tribal Odyssey” series have been airing since 2007 on The National Geographic Channel International, France 5 and other channels worldwide. View Guest page

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Tim Gorski

Tim Gorski.
Founder, Lead Director. Tim is the vision and the force behind the films. His passions for exploration, social issues, wildlife, and environmental issues have landed him in some precarious positions around the globe such as hiking the foothills of the Himalayas in search of the elusive Red Panda and exploring illegal wildlife markets in Burma. In 2004, Tim found himself face-to-face with the world’s largest natural disaster of modern times, the Asian Tsunami, barely escaping with his life. He and fellow survivors conducted rescue efforts while stranded on a remote island in Thailand, and in 2005 was invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to return and document the recovery efforts. Tim and crew achieved the Haskel Wexler Best Cinematography award for daring to film the Antarctic whale wars in the southern ocean. He received an MFA in film from Miami Univ. of Art and Design. He has a BA in Visual Communications and an AA in Liberal Arts. View Guest page

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Max Graham P.h.D.

Max Graham is a fluent Kiswahili speaker who has worked on environment and development projects in Afghanistan, Ecuador, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Gabon. He has been involved in elephant research and conservation since 2000 and in 2006 was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has published numerous scientific papers on elephant behaviour, human-elephant conflict and wildlife conservation and in 2012 became a member of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group. Max is a visiting academic of the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and the chairman of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum’s Conservation Committee. He has been based in north Kenya for more than a decade. View Guest page

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Dr. John Hadidian

Dr. John Hadidian attended Boston University for a year before transferring to the University of Arizona in Tucson, with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. There he developed an interest in primatology, which he pursued graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. He began thesis work under Ray Carpenter’s direction in 1971 at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center’s Field Station in Lawrenceville, and PhD degree in primatology in 1979, and taught briefly at George Washington University. John began a postdoctoral project in 1982 with the University of the District of Columbia on a study of urban raccoon biology and ecology in a multi-agency initiative to respond to rabies irruption, then joined the National Park Service in 1984 serving as the wildlife biologist for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service from 1984 to 1995. In 1995 he accepted a position as the director of the Urban Wildlife Protection Program at The Humane Society of the United States. View Guest page

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Rick Heede

Rick Heede has pursued a deep interest in climate change and mitigation for over thirty years, published books and articles on energy efficiency, and testified before Congress on energy policy. Rick is the principal of Climate Mitigation Services, founded in 2002 to conduct state-of-the-art emission inventories, verifications, and mitigation strategies for local governments, agencies, companies, consulting groups, and NGOs. Rick Heede is the co-founder, director and Chief Geographer of Climate Accountability Institute. As principal investigator of the Carbon Majors Project, Rick Heede offers the most complete picture to date of which institutions have extracted the fossil fuels that have been the root cause of climate change since the Industrial Revolution View Guest page

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John Heminway

John Heminway- In June 2013, he was appointed chairman of WildlifeDirect, a cause dedicated to changing laws and behavior related to wildlife crime, in Kenya and throughout Africa. He is an Emmy Award Winning filmmaker, and Writer and Director of Battle for the Elephants. He is also trustee of the White Oak Conservation Center, TUSK USA, Chairman of Elephant Family US, Trustee Emeritus AWF, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. View Guest page

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Dr. David Jessup

From stints at a major zoo and a primate center; a year as a pathology resident, the majority of David’s career has been in free-ranging wildlife medicine, epidemiology and conservation. In 1977 he was the first veterinarian hired by the California Department of Fish and Game, where half of his 33 year career involved mountain and desert species (elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bear, mt. lion, waterfowl, wild turkeys and other birds), with the other half involving marine species (sea otters, other marine mammals and marine birds), oil spill response and various more subtle forms of pollution. Working with Walter Boyce and Bill Lasley he helped found the Wildlife Health Center, and with Jonna Mazet the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. He has also been worked in Mexico, Africa and India. For the last 4 years he has been the executive Manager of the Wildlife Disease Association. Throughout his career, he has maintained strong ties at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine View Guest page

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Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Dr Kahumbu is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect, and HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS, mobilizing African leaders to protect elephants and advocate of strong penalties wildlife and ivory trafficking. Winner of the National Geographic Howard Buffet Award, Conservation Leadership in Africa, she also received special commendation 2013 United Nations Kenya Person of the Year for her critical role in creating awareness and mobilizing action around the crisis facing elephants in Kenya. View Guest page

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Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. As Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a nonprofit organization based in Uganda with a US Office in North Carolina, Dr. Gladys promotes conservation and public health by improving primary health care to both people and animals in protected areas in Africa with a vision to control transmission of disease where people, wildlife and livestock meet. Under siege by poachers, loss of habitat and warfare, Dr. Gladys has discovered another serious threat to these majestic creatures—transmission of human diseases to gorillas called “zoonotic transmission”—afflictions ranging from tuberculosis to scabies. Her mission is to improve African public health to save gorillas from human-born illnesses. View Guest page

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J.J. Kelley

J.J. Kelley is a distinguished filmmaker and adventurer. A producer at National Geographic Television, Kelley has been contributing to the production of original content for The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, and PBS and Battle for the Elephants, a special investigating the illicit trade in ivory. He is also the co-creator of the adventure production company, Dudes on Media. He’s won over 20 film festival awards including 2013 Best Environmental Film Award at Sedona Int’l Film Festival. View Guest page

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Peter Knights

Peter has served as Executive Director of WildAid since its founding in 2000. He was formerly a program director working on illegal wildlife trade with Global Survival Network and a senior investigator for the Environmental Investigation Agency. He specialized in conducting global on-site investigations and campaigned against the trade in wild birds for pets and the consumption of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicine. In 1996 while working across Asia, Peter created the first international program aimed at reducing demand for endangered species products, receiving an Associate Laureate of the Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work. He initiated the Marine Protection Program and Demand Reduction Program in marine species, ivory, and rhino horn. His work on the bird trade led to the Wild Bird Conservation Act stopping airlines from transporting wild birds. Peter holds a B. Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Learn more at View Guest page

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Will Knocker

Will Knocker, is third generation Kenyan, Born on farm in pre-Independence Kenya and brought up with an awareness and appreciating of his natural surroundings, as his grandfather was the famous English falconer & naturalist Capt. CWR Knight, and going often on safari with his intrepid mother. As young man at school in England then the Army and matriculation at London University (SOAS) he returned home to Kenya in 1984. Will has worked throughout the Horn of Africa, from southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, but most of all in his beloved Kenya. The majority of Will Knocker’s work is in the Developmental field from Tourism & Wildlife- living and working from the Maasai Mara to the Tana Delta, and for the past 14 years, he has lived next to and worked in Nairobi National Park. Today, he observes with concern Kenya’s collective effort to preserve this most beautiful & naturally diverse of country. View Guest page

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Peter LaFontaine

Peter LaFontaine: Campaigns Officer for IFAW in Washington, DC, where he focuses on federal affairs and endangered species issues. He has previously worked as a policy advocate at the National Wildlife Federation and as an outdoor educator with the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation. Peter grew up in New Hampshire and is a 2005 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Peter was involved in the campaign to cancel NBC Sports “Under Wild Skies” in response to the outpouring of public anger over the sickening images of an elephant being hunted. IFAW calls for an end to all trophy hunting and advocates real, meaningful conservation efforts and community solutions that inhabit that gray zone where our laws—what we’re allowed to do—haven’t caught up to what we should do. View Guest page

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Annette Lanjouw

A native of the Netherlands and highly regarded expert in great ape conservation, Annette has worked with chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas in the wild as well as working extensively in conservation strategy, program implementation and research. For 15 years she was director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme; scientific advisor to world-renowned wildlife filmmaker Alan Root; Central Africa program officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and project manager and field director for the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Chimpanzee Conservation Project in eastern DRC. She is the scientific advisor to the Trust for African Rock Art, and a member of the Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group, the Trans-boundary Conservation Specialist Group, and the World Commission on Protected Areas. The Arcus Foundation is the largest private funder of great ape conservation and sanctuaries in the world. View Guest page

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Len Levine

Len Levine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1935. Graduated from Ohio State University with BA in English/Speech/Radio in 1957, MA in Experimental Personality Psychology in 1972 and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Georgia State University in 1977. Len worked in radio as a DJ, Talk Show Host from 1957-1960 in the Midwest, South and Washington, D.C., and worked as public information specialist for the EPA from 1960-1968. He was campaign coordinator for the Northwest Pennsylvania Campaign, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign and a co-administrator for the Southeastern U.S. Solar Coalition in 1970. Len’s volunteer experiences include assignments in the Czech Republic, France and Kenya as a construction worker, English tutor and environmental consultant. In 1993 Pelican Published his ‘The Maverick Guide to Prague’ to rave reviews. He speaks English, Hebrew, Spanish, Czech and can bluff his way through Thai and German in a restaurant or get directions to the bathroom. He lives in Pattaya, Thailand, with his Filipina companion, and returns to New Orleans once a year. View Guest page

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Katie Lisnik

Katie Lisnik works as the Director of Cat Protection and Policy for The HSUS and is based out of Maine. Lisnik attended the University of Vermont and received her BS in animal science with a minor in wildlife biology. She also received her MS in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her past experience includes work as an animal control officer, a zookeeper, and as program coordinator for a large Maine shelter. She also served as Maine State Director for The HSUS from 2007 to 2011. Lisnik serves as current President of the New England Federation of Humane Societies. The largest and most effective animal protection organization seeking a humane world for people and animals alike, providing hands-on care and services, field education and training, HSUS drives transformational change by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade View Guest page

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Damien Mander

Damien served as a Special Operations Sniper and Clearance Diver in the Australian Defense Force. Deployed in Iraq, he Project Managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following 3 years on the frontlines of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the worlds wildlife is facing.

Liquidating his personal assets from his time in the military, he founded the IAPF The organization focuses on ranger training and operations and integrating modern solutions to conservation. Today, Damien is a soldier turned environmental activist living in Africa. He spends several months each year back home in Australia with family and spreading the word about the environmental struggle we face as a global community.

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Glen Martin

Glen Martin covered environment and natural resources for the San Francisco Chronicle for 17 years, and has free-lanced widely. He is the author of three books, including Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife and the National Geographic Guide to Wildlife Watching. His magazine credits include Audubon, Sierra, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, Men's Journal, the Nature Conservancy Magazine, the Utne Reader and Outside. He has served as a consultant to the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, the Save the Redwoods League and the California Water Impact Network. View Guest page

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Vladimir van Maule

Vladimir van Maule, Filmmontage, Director: is an award-winning cinematographer who has been filming television commercials, documentaries and features for over thirty years.Born in Prague, Czech Republic and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Van Maule’s work includes film projects in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean Asia and Africa. His films have appeared on National Geographic and the BBC, and a 2-part series entitled “Pilot Notes,” has won grand prizes at four International Film Festivals. His studio is based in an airport community, and the aircraft hangar is also a 2000 square foot sound stage. The Cessna 182, equipped with a special camera wing mount and aerial cinematography is one unique aspect to his work. View Guest page

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Debbie McFee

Animal advocate Debbie McFee currently lives in Hampton, Virginia. Tech writer and editor at Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA, she has rescued and found forever homes for over 150 cats and dogs. She loves all animals, but finds elephants especially intriguing due to their intelligence, complex social structure, and gentle, loving ways. After researching elephants for several years, including a trip to Africa to observe them in their natural habitat, she wrote “Through the Eyes of Ernest” to raise awareness about the plight of captive elephants. She dedicates her free time raising awareness about the elephant’s plight and 100% of the proceeds from the sales of her book go to elephant sanctuaries all over the world. She hopes Ernest’s story will inspire people to help elephants live in their natural habitats. It will be man’s biggest tragedy to lose such a magnificent and majestic being. View Guest page

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John “Tico” McNutt

John “Tico” McNutt, Founder began his pioneering work in the Okavango Delta working on his PhD in Animal Behavior with focus on the African wild dog, of which very little was known. In the past 18 years BPCT has charted the individual life histories of more than 1000 wild dogs spanning eight generations. As a result of Dr. McNutt's painstaking work, the African wild dog has been transformed from a misunderstood and persecuted species to a valued member of carnivore research and ecotourism and conservation. Continuously operating the research camp in the Eastern side of the Okavango Delta since 1990, and the nearby village of Maun, where they manage a wildlife biochemistry laboratory and the rapidly expanding Coaching for Conservation, children's wildlife education program,. Being pilots enables them to oversee the field research and manage the research camp full of graduate students and research assistants working full time on various projects on large carnivore conservation. View Guest page

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Lesley McNutt

Lesley McNutt is originally from Ontario, Canada with a Masters in Development Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal. In 1993 she began doing research for a natural resource management company in Botswana where she met Tico, and she applied her research focus oward human-wildlife conflict, and the relationships between protected areas and the adjacent lands, and to establish human solutions for the preservation of Africa’s large predators and their habitats. As the Director of Social Programs for BPCT, and in 2002, she spearheaded Coaching for Conservation (C4C), BPCT’s major social development program aimed at getting kids interested and involved in conservation through organized sport. C4C’s core values “Respect Yourself, Respect each Other, and Respect your Environment” aim to help the youth of Botswana build self-esteem, engage in constructive social exchange and develop an awareness and sensitivity to the environment they live and play in. View Guest page

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Chris Mercer

Retired from a lengthy legal career as an Advocate (Attorney) in Zimbabwe and Botswana, Chris and his partner, Bev, returned to South Africa in 1984, where they farmed in the Western Transvaal for ten years when they relocated and establishing a wildlife rescue and rehab center in the Kalahari. When Chris read the Cook Report exposing the canned lion industry, he wrote and published of the book 'Canned Lion Hunting - a National Disgrace'. Chris and Bev have become part of the conservation and animal welfare landscape and champions against the canned lion industry both in South Africa and internationally, and the formation of The Global March for Lions has taken off across the world. You can make a difference for a lion- visit . Still have questions? Watch View Guest page

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Julie Murad

Julie Murad, CEO The Gabriel Foundation: Julie Weiss Murad, affectionately known as The Birdbrain, has been involved with companion parrots for thirty-five years. The Gabriel Foundation®, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1996, Headquartered in Colorado. Julie is a national human/parrot behavioral consultant and has lectured both nationally and internationally and has written for several avian publications. Julie has worked with a number of retailers, breeders, students, aviculturists, manufacturers, companion parrot “owners” and veterinarians to promote an educated awareness of the many needs of companion parrots through each of the Foundations’ seven programs: Education and Outreach, Adoption, Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Rescue, Long-term Foster care, and Conservation, about the need to preserve wild parrots in their indigenous habitats. View Guest page

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Manny Mvula

Manny Mvula: Manny is the High Five Club co-founder and one of Africa's top safari guides, a wildlife conservationist and a field trip leader who shares his love of Africa and all things wild with young people, along with his safari clients. He regularly makes trips back to his home country of Zambia to work on wildlife conservation and community development projects in the Luangwa Valley, the area he was born and raised. Volunteer Scientific Advisor at Zambia Primate Project, Canterbury, United Kingdom Environmental Services Current Occupation: IUCN - CEC, Kent County Council, High Five Club Experience: Hadlow College, ZNPWS now ZAWA, Robin Pope Safaris Education: The Manchester Metropolitan University LINKS: View Guest page

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Julia Newmann

Cody Westheimer and Julia Newmann, own and operate New West Studios, Inc - a custom music scoring facility in West Los Angeles. Sweethearts since their USC days these two versatile music makers have brought heart and soul to hundreds of projects through the years. While Julia has garnered two ASCAP awards during her 5 year (current) stint on the hit Fox show, "BONES," Cody has focused primarily on independent cinema, scoring over 40 feature narratives and documentaries in addition to being sought for thematic sports themes - including the Tour de France and Major League Soccer, both on NBC. Their nearly 1,000 tracks comprising the "New West Studios Scoring Collection" has been in high demand as an alternative to typical production music libraries and is available to browse below. Links: Cody Westheimer Julia Newmann View Guest page

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Michael Nicholson

Managing Director at El Karama Ltd, Freelance Pilot at Tropic Air Kenya and Honorary Warden at Kenya Wildlife Services. View Guest page

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Carter Niemeyer

From his early years wrangling ornery federal trappers, eagles and grizzlies, to paving the way for wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies, Carter Niemeyer reveals the wild and bumpy ride that turned a wolf trapper into a wolf champion. Carter retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2006, where he was the wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho, and is by far one of the most knowledgeable and outspoken biologists about all sides of the 'wolf issue'. Carter has been a trapper, hunter and wildlife proponent his entire life. Wolves, he believes, add to the outdoor experience, and people who see or hear them should consider the experience thrilling. Wolves do not, as many believe, kill everything in sight, destroy their own food supply, or lick their chops at kids waiting at bus stops. They are simply predators like lions and bears, and anyone who believes otherwise is, well, wrong. View Guest page

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Tobias Nyumba

Tobias has been working in African elephant conservation and management in Kenya for over 12 years. He began as a research assistant with Space for Giants Trust working to address the issues of human elephant conflict, expanding his activities to include applied research on appropriate conflict mitigation techniques among rural farmers in Kenya toward furthering elephant conservation and management models, monitoring, and find measures to address the poaching of elephants. He has published several papers on the performance of conflict mitigation techniques, facilitated training and capacity building of both local scouts and academics to gain practical skills in the field that support various elephant conservation, and management policy development processes in Kenya toward building a network of international conservationists addressing Human-elephant- wildlife conflict mitigation development in Kenya and beyond. View Guest page

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Roger Parry

Roger Parry is the Wildlife Manager for the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, with more than 15 years experience in the Wildlife and Tourism industry. He spent 10 years working for theZimbabwe Dept. of National Parks and Wildlife as Seniro Warden of the Chizarira N. P., while also performing the piloting and flying for the Nat. Parks. He has 15 years of qualifications of darting and capturing wildlife and oversees the running and management of the VFWT laboratory in rescue and rehabilitation of injured, abandoned and orphaned wildlife. VFWT works very closely with the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit. View Guest page

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Mark Paxton

Mark Paxton is owner along with his wife, Charlie, of Shamvura Camp established in 2001 on an ancient sand dune. Mark and Charlie take personal interest in guests' comfort and enjoyment of the area. A Namibian citizen, Mark is a qualified game ranger with over 40 years of comprehensive experience and knowledge of environmental issues. He is a well known naturalist with a wide and varied interest in fauna and flora, with familiarity about the diversity of natural habitats throughout Namibia. He has lived in the Kavango Region for 12 years and has been involved with community development projects and environmental-related issues for all of that time. Mark was involved in Community Development and Conservation, Namibrand Game Reserve, Game Ranch Manager, Game Valley Estates Nature Conservator Halali area Etosha National Namibian Nature Conservation, Park Law-enforcement and anti-poaching Namibian Department of Nature Conservation. Follow Mark on Facebook KOAR public group. View Guest page

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Joyce Poole

Joyce Poole, Director of ElephantVoices is one of our world’s foremost authorities on elephant, under her mentor Cynthia Moss and the Amboseli Elephant Research Project forming an unparalleled body of knowledge and the world’s longest study of elephants.

Dr. Poole received her BA with high honors from Smith College in 1979, her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1982 and completed her post-doctoral research at Princeton University. As head of the Elephant Program of Kenya Wildlife Service from 1990-1994, Dr. Poole was responsible for elephant conservation and management throughout Kenya. She has written numerous popular articles, scientific publications, including ‘Coming of Age with Elephants’ and ‘Elephants’, and more than 75 TV Documentaries.

Her work sets the spotlight and standards for elephants and their interests in captivity and the wild. She is a leading author of ‘The Elephant Charter’ and has appeared as expert witness on behalf of elephants in legal cases around the world View Guest page

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Tony Povilitis

Dr. Tony Povilitis: For over 40 years, Dr. Tony Povilitis has advocated for wildlife and nature -- as conservation scientist, nonprofit director and manager, grassroots activist, landowner and reserve manager, and educator. He has lead efforts on behalf of grizzly bears, Mexican and Rocky Mountain wolves, endangered deer in Mexico and South America, jaguar in the US Southwest, Hawaiian coral reefs, and imperiled wildlife and natural communities on Native American and national park lands. Tony has broad experience with agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, state wildlife and natural resource agencies, and academia. He has written over a hundred scientific papers, technical reports, popular articles, policy papers, and opinion columns. His career has emphasized biodiversity restoration, conservation planning, and training for aspiring conservation biologists. Tony lives in Arizona with his wife, Dr. Dusti Becker, who together direct Life Net Nature, a corps of volunteers focused on community-based conservation in South America and Kenya. View Guest page

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Dale Preece-Kelly

Dale Preece-Kelly and his “Critterish Allsorts” are the leading independent animal education and pet therapy resource in the U.K. through a variety of programs including education events at schools, private events and parties, individual pet therapy, corporate events and TV, Film & Theatre. Dale was influenced through his own experiences in both strong relationships with, and through the loss of pets, which gave him personal understanding of the deep emotional impact that all animals can have on people. Critterish Allsorts now share their pet therapy sessions with the elderly, as well as problematic children, learning disabled and those with life-limiting illnesses. Dale and Critterish Allsorts services in the field of severe mental illness are pioneering in the UK, making them forerunners in mainstream pet therapy development. View Guest page

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Philip Price

Philip Price started and founded to bring together his extensive experience as a geologist, traveler, and environmentalist, into a format that is accessible and unique, offering adventure tours to those who share these passions, and open people up to the presence of the natural world, its beauty and a greater awareness of the “Now”. His professional life follows his passions of Geology, Travel, Yoga, Cinematography, Photography and saving Asian Elephants. He has been geologic advisor on several documentary films, and is the inventor and patent holder of soil remediation systems and provides technical oversight on projects through the US and abroad. Follow Philip on Facebook and begin the adventure of a lifetime. View Guest page

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Jim Pyle

Jim Pyle is the Project Manager for the Colorado LINK Project at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and also currently is an adjunct faculty and field liaison at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. With over 30 years of experience in the social work field, Jim has worked in child welfare and private practice with “high-risk” youth and families, and also in community based agencies with sexual and criminal offenders. Jim is very familiar with patterns of violence and abuse and has been providing forensic evaluations of animal cruelty offenders for the courts in Colorado. In his work with the Colorado LINK Project, Jim has collaborated with a wide variety of community partners and professional disciplines to improve community awareness of and responses to animal cruelty and "The Link". View Guest page

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Julian Rademeyer

Julian Rademeyer is an award winning investigative journalist. He’s written and worked for many of South Africa’s major newspapers including. City Press, Beeld, The Sunday Times , Pretoria News and The Herald. In a career spanning nearly two decades, reporting from troubled areas including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Belarus, Egypt and Lebanon, he resigned from his position as chief reporter for Media24 Investigations (S.Africa), to spend two years researching and writing “Killing for Profit”. In 2005 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news and a recipient of the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa’s leading investigative journalism prize. His work has also been published Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism. View Guest page

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Dr. Ian Redmond

Putting conservation principles into practice, Dr. Redmond has led anti-poacher patrols, guided film crews and/or special interest tours into close encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants and erupting volcanoes, and worked to support local conservationists during the horrors of Rwanda’s and D.R. Congo’s civil wars. Under-cover investigations led him to play the role of a potential ape-buyer in order to infiltrate a poaching ring in Congo-Brazzaville and more recently a potential Coltan dealer in DRC. Born in Malaysia, raised in Yorkshire, and went to university at Keele in Staffordshire, England. He performed field work with his mentor Dr Dian Fossey in Africa and developed a love for gorillas as a species and as individuals.. He introduced Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978, for the famous BBC ‘Life on Earth’ sequences and advised in the making of, and/or appeared in more than 50 documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, TF1, etc. LINKS: View Guest page

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Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts began his animal protection career in Washington, D.C. in 1991. He is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA since helping found the organization in 2000. Enlarging the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public elevating the strength, force, and significance of Born Free USA to become a recognized and impactful leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Also recognition for his work toward changing wildlife and animal welfare legislation and policy to the international arena of the illegal wildlife trade and trafficking, to being on the Board of Directors of the Species Survival Network fiscal responsibilities, the Bear Working Group and Animal Protection Institute, and the Animals in Captivity Working Group.

He is also a founding member of the Board and current Chairman of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and founded the $10 Club to fund poverty alleviation in developing nations. View Guest page

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Dr. Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross, began his career in animal behavior studying alternative housing for domestic pigs as a research assistant at the Center for Food and Animal Research in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Following a year studying free-ranging rhesus monkeys in Puerto Rico, he continued to pursue his interest in the proximate and ultimate effects of captive environments on animal welfare as a researcher at facilities in Texas and Georgia. Here he helped conduct studies of the effects of human interaction, social introductions and computer-assisted enrichment on the behavior of chimpanzees. In 2000, Steve was hired by Lincoln Park Zoo as a behavior specialist with a primary role in the design of what eventually became the award-winning Regenstein Center for African Apes, which due to a wide breadth of ape and visitor studies influenced the design of the ape facility. Dr. Ross serves as the Chair of the Chimpanzee SSP, and leads the multi-institutional AZA, and Chair of ChimpHaven. View Guest page

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Linda Searles

Linda is the Executive Director of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale Arizona, founded in 1994 to rehabilitate animals native to North America. She is regularly consulted and interviewed by various print and broadcast news organizations as a wildlife expert. SWCC has been involved in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program since 1994. The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered land mammal in North America, and SWCC has been on the forefront of efforts to maintain genetic diversity in this wolf population via reproduction testing and the recovery of genetic materials. SWCC also serves as a holding facility for the program, currently providing homes for 17 wolves. Linda is the recipient of the Conservation Award” from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the “Animal Hero Award” from the Arizona Red Cross SWWCC, Linda and SWWCC’s work is also recognized by the Arizona Humane Society View Guest page

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Julie Sheldon

With a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, work on manatee research, sea turtle rehab, and volunteering in zoo medicine wards and endangered species educational facilities Julie is dedicated to wildlife medicine. From field work in seal and sea lion rehabilitation, medical procedures and research at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito; to wild giant tortoises in the Galapagos with Dr. Deem in South Africa, various zoos and marine mammal centers, she also studies disease processes in many different wildlife species at the Wildlife Disease Laboratory at the San Diego Zoo. Her extensive background brings the reality, challenges and responsibilities of being wildlife vet and field studies. Julie is one of three presidents of WAAM at UC Davis, coordinating field trips, speakers, wet labs, fundraising, and planning the annual symposium with a goal to be board certified in zoo and wildlife medicine, and wildlife health and public education both in the US and abroad. View Guest page

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Barbara Shor

Dr. Barbara Shor, DVM, completed a residency program in non-domestic animal medicine at UC Davis, worked with California Dept. of Fish and Game, and spent a year working with wildlife in East Africa. Since that time she has worked as an animal communicator, speaker and author. She has published a book, Soul of the Wild: Intimate Messages From the Hearts and Souls of Elephants and Whales. The current emphasis of her work is to deepen and expand the connection between people and animals. Website:; FaceBook: and she can be found on LinkedIn. View Guest page

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Tim Snow

Tim Snow is a consultant in all forms of wildlife management, specializing in wildlife poisoning prevention and conflict management. He links with conservation projects internationally and is an UNEP advisor in the Convention for Migratory Species, particularly in the field of poisoning prevention and avoidance. He represents the Game Rangers Association of Africa at IUCN and is the vice chairman of the IUCN South African members committee. Tim also chairs and convenes various national forums, such as the National Invasive Animal Forum, supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs; and is a wildlife conflict management expert across the SADC and East African sub-region and in the NGO sector. Tim holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Development (Environmental Management) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Facebook and View Guest page

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Ed Stewart

After graduating from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications, Ed Stewart worked in marketing and advertising until he met Pat Derby in 1976 when he managed the Auto Show in Cleveland, Ohio. Pat Derby was the national representative for Lincoln Mercury and trainer of the live cougars used in the car commercials. In 1984 Mr. Stewart and Ms. Derby founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) they introduced legislation to set higher standards for the care and handling of captive wildlife, and the bill was signed into law in 1985. Ed soon became involved with captive wildlife management and quickly developed his skills in design and construction of large-animal enclosures. A tireless advocate for animal welfare at the California State Legislature and the Department of Fish and Game to ensure better care for exotic animals for entertainment, and the bill was signed into law in 1985. View Guest page

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William Stolzenburg

Author of “Where the Wild Things Were” and “Rat Island”, Will has been heralding our planet's sixth mass extinction while celebrating its survivors where they can still be found After 15 years as science editor of Nature Conservancy magazine, Will chose to pursue the most captivating story of all, our awakening science to the critical role of Earth's great predators in sustaining the diversity of life and their ongoing disappearance from every corner of the biosphere.

For the past twenty years Will has been covering the beat called conservation biology, an occupation now finds him portraying the losses of nature's grandest spectacles against the increasing destruction of our ecosystems. Will now writes from his home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where wolves and cougars have been missing for nearly a century. View Guest page

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Philip Tedeschi

Philip Tedeschi: Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is the Executive Director of The Institute for Human-Animal Connection at The University of Denver within the Graduate School of Social Work. He is Internationally recognized for research, scholarship, training and community practice work have focused on human-animal interaction with focus on both the therapeutic potential of animal’s in human health as well as public safety and risk factors associated with animal abuse. He teaches practitioners best practice and evidence supported clinical methods for Animal Assisted Interventions. He coordinates the schools Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate Program for the Master of Social Work (MSW) students as well as the globally recognized Animals and Human Health online professional development certificate. View Guest page

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Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson has more than four decades as wildlife biologist, range conservationist, wildlife manager and law enforcement supervisor. He's worked with the US Forest Service and 20 years as the Arizona Game and Fish Department's statewide big game habitat program manager and large carnivore biologist for mountain lions and black bears. He is now co-owner in the nonprofit organization Primero Conservation, programs using non-lethal methods to reduce mountain lion predation on endangered desert bighorn sheep. For the past 10 years he’s worked closely with established jaguar conservation areas and private ranch owners in Sonora, Mexico in efforts directed at improving native prey populations and sustainable wildlife resources to protect and conserve jaguars within the presence of livestock. Ron is a founding member of the governing Council for the Wild Felid Research and Management Association and the Cougar Working Group for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. View Guest page

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Dr. David Tonkyn

Dr. David Tonkyn: David is an ecologist on the Clemson University faculty who advised the Clemson T4T club since its inception in 1997, and helped coordinate the creation of the NT4TC. He has taken students to India for 9 years to learn about tiger conservation first-hand, and directs student research on tigers, elephants and other rare species. View Guest page

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Mark Vandewalle

Dr. Mark Vandewalle, PhD CEO CARACAL. Dr. Vandelwalle is an ecologist specializing in plant-herbivore interactions and large mammal migrations. His career has focused on developing outreach programs in Africa directed at improving capacity of local communities to manage and conserve essential natural resources. View Guest page

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Dr. Samuel Wasser

Dr. Samuel Wasser is a Research Professor and the Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington. Dr. Wasser acquired his B.Sc in Zoology at Michigan State University, his M.Sc in Zoology at University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of Washington. He received the first Research Scientist Development Award from the Smithsonian Institution for his work on noninvasive hormone methods. During his time at the Smithsonian, Wasser directed their Conservation and Management Training Program for African nationals. After 5 years at the Smithsonian, Wasser returned to the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor and Scientific Director of the Center for Wildlife Conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo. In 2001, Wasser became a Research Associate Professor in the UW Department of Biology and Director of their Center for Conservation Biology. View Guest page

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Cody Westheimer

Cody Westheimer and Julia Newmann, own and operate New West Studios, Inc - a custom music scoring facility in West Los Angeles. Sweethearts since their USC days these two versatile music makers have brought heart and soul to hundreds of projects through the years. While Julia has garnered two ASCAP awards during her 5 year (current) stint on the hit Fox show, "BONES," Cody has focused primarily on independent cinema, scoring over 40 feature narratives and documentaries in addition to being sought for thematic sports themes - including the Tour de France and Major League Soccer, both on NBC. Their nearly 1,000 tracks comprising the "New West Studios Scoring Collection" has been in high demand as an alternative to typical production music libraries and is available to browse below. Links: View Guest page

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Marie Wilkinson

Christo states, "Humans may have followed elephants along ancient migration paths out of Africa. Like us, elephants recognize who they are...They have influenced us biologically, culturally, and mythically for hundreds of thousands of years. When we stare into their eyes, we stare into the eyes of origin. Without the elephants, we lose our ballast. We have this decade to stop the slaughter of the innocents. Their future is our fate." Cyril Christo and his wife Marie Wilkinson are poets, photographers and documentary filmmakers. The two have documented their passion for the elephant most recently in a book entitled Walking Thunder: In The Footsteps Of The African Elephant (Merrill, London 2009),, which placed in the top two for Nature Photography Book at the 2010 International Photography Awards and is the first all black and white manifesto dedicated to the elephant. The husband and wife team have exposed the degradation of the natural world since 1996, first with the book, Lost Africa (2004), on the tribes of East Africa, about the decimation of the African elephant. Their work brought the slaughter of Africa’s elephants to the attention of the editors at Vanity Fair. In August 2011, the magazine published the searing investigative feature, Agony and Ivory, by writer Alex Shoumatoff about the tens of thousands of elephants massacred because of the demand for ivory amongst China’s newly rich. View Guest page

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Building the Bridge Between Public Health and Biodiversity with Dr. Kathy Alexander

March 25, 2013
Hosted by Eli Weiss

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Join special guest, Dr. Kathleen Alexander PhD, DVM of CARACAL Biodiversity Center, Botswana and Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech who has been selected as one of three, African regional experts by World Health Organization and the Convention on Biological Diversity secretariat to participate in a regional workshop in Mozambique to present to national health and biodiversity experts from various African countries on integrating health and biodiversity into policy and planning. The objective is to "contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Biological Diversity in the WHO African Region, by providing a forum to national health and environment/biodiversity experts from African Parties to the CBD on actions to be taken in their respective countries". LINKS:,,,

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Our Wild World

Monday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

An informative and lively opportunity for listeners of all ages to learn about and raise awareness of contemporary challenges in wildlife and environmental conservation, both in Africa and parallels in the U.S., while also providing direct avenues to a variety of projects to personally take action and get involved.

While our project focus covers sub-Saharan Africa, the results of what we accomplish have global impacts, and further, how we choose to live daily will have impacts upon the future of Africa, our world’s wildlife and people. Our topics will cover a variety of themes including current news, what you can do now, what conservation and sustainability actually mean, how poverty impacts sustainablilty, foreign aid, book reviews, animal behavior, photography, living with wildlife in your back yard, interviews with renowned experts, and your questions and answers. Our Wild World is broadcast live every Monday at 8 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Eli Weiss

A photographer, philanthropist and Wildlife Conservationist, Eli Weiss grew up in Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado, attended university in Colorado and the UK, and after spending time in Aspen from 1963-1979 she settled in Woody Creek, where, in 2000 she founded the non-profit WildiZe Foundation. In Founding Wildize, Weiss was able to combine her love of photography, art, nature, environmental ethics and conservation in such a way as to benefit our planet. The Foundation serves individuals and educational institutions dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, wildlife habitats and the indigenous cultures of Africa and raises awareness through on-the-ground projects and education both in Africa and the United States. Their mission is to establish direct relationships to projects in sub-Saharan Africa, offering targeted grant funding that support conservation efforts, educational programs and sustainable indigenous economies. Several times per year, Weiss visits the Foundation's grantees across sub-Saharan Africa, developing ongoing programs and building new, long-term relationships. Weiss has worked with experts and leaders in the field of conservation, administering over 2.5 million dollars of public and private grant funding across 75 grantees from specialists to community groups, giving her a well-rounded depth of knowledge critical to raising awareness of the various issues and toward implementing solid solutions based on science, the environment and culture.

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