Of Elsa, Cecil and Ivory with Adam Roberts Born Free
April 18, 2016
Hosted by Eli Weiss
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Adam Roberts of Born Free joins us again for an in depth look at the state of the world of wildlife and conservation in the 50 years since Elsa the Lion, and the death of a lion named Cecil rocked the world, to the most important conference, CoP17 in S. Africa that decides the fate and future of many species. Both low and high moments that will stand out in our history as the legacy we choose how we humans go about deciding what co-existence policy with wildlife means, where much of our earth’s diversity is severely threatened and treading on thin ground, in a future filled with people and a lot less room for wildlife to thrive and survive. We go through the intricacies and import of CITES Conference of Parties works (CoP), up to one of the biggest events coming this month in Kenya, the burning of 120,000 tons of Ivory and rhino horn, in their third public commitment to the world render ivory valueless and stop the war on wildlife.
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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.