A Nose For Data- Working Dogs for Conservation with Megan Parker and Pete Coppolillo

December 21, 2015
Hosted by Eli Weiss

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To save wildlife, we can start by saving a dog. Thousands of high energy dogs that don’t make good pets, are stuck in shelters. WDC offers a second chance to high-drive shelter dogs, many of whom would have been euthanized had they not saved themselves by getting a job saving wildlife. WD4C trains the world's best conservation detection dogs and put them to work protecting wildlife and wild places. Montana-based non profit WD4C, uses highly trained detection dogs to make conservation more efficient, effective and ethical. With noses for data and a love for dogs, WD4C has forged partnerships with 50 conservation groups across 5 continents. Bad dogs for pets are great champions for wildlife. WD4C put their dogs’ exceptional abilities to work finding and eliminating threats to rare and threatened species. WD4C does it to save the world. The dogs do it for the love of a ball.

Our Wild World

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

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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