Rhinos, Lions and Profits-Selling Out Our Wild with Pieter Kat

September 25, 2017
Hosted by Eli Weiss

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Rapid changes to our entire earth and our wild species and heritage is happening the world over: from climate change to regulations to law enforcement and models that unfortunately end up promoting continued illegal wildlife trade. With my guest Dr. Pieter Kat, we discuss the recent headlines of a legalized national trade in rhino horn within S. Africa and the ramifications and consequences, as yet still unknown, of the online auction of rhino horn for private use while at the same time it is still illegal via CITES for any country to import horn. We also draw parallels between the privatized large-scale farming/breeding of lions, and a ‘conservation model’ that is based solely upon profit through utilization rather than species survival in the wild, and discuss the facelift that is urgently needed for conservation of the wild as a whole to ensure not just the ‘big and furry’ survive, but biodiversity as a whole in the future of earth, and the necessity of protected wild places.

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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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Episode Directory

September 2017

  • 9/25/2017: Rhinos, Lions and Profits-Selling Out Our Wild with Pieter Kat Listen Now
  • 9/18/2017: Encore: For The Love of Lions with Dr. Pieter Kat Listen Now
  • 9/11/2017: Encore: MORE CATS, part 2 Feral Cats and Wildlands Listen Now
  • 9/4/2017: Encore: CATS CATS CATS with Dr. John Hadidian and Katie Lisnik, HSUS Listen Now

August 2017

July 2017

Drew Abrahamson


Drew Abrahamson is the founder of Captured In Africa Foundation and Captured In Africa Exclusive Safaris, and she has become a key figure in big cat conservation efforts. The foundation was born out of a pure love and passion for the African bush and a particular love for big cats. With her family’s involvement in wildlife rehabilitation and rescue, Drew grew up around rangers and wildlife veterinarians and had many a close encounter with wild animals. Out of these experiences, she has cultivated a deep love, understanding and mutual respect for Africa’s wild places & her animals. Following this background, Drew began taking a more active role in conservation and has gone on to apply that lifelong passion into effort on the ground. Drew also is part of the team at Walking For Lions and the Global March For Lions events and with former employers Derek & Beverly Joubert, and for Gareth Patterson’s book, ‘My Lions Heart’. View Guest page

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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.
Hear Dr. Kathy Alexander's Ted-Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijyFRDOjkoQ 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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