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October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-6
Join us for a special event: “Displaced – the intersection of wildlife conservation and the human experience”
Please RSVP at no cost to attend at http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/displaced
What do Colorado and Africa have in common? They are both home to a spectacular array of wildlife that need conscientious people in their corner, fighting for their right to exist. Join Wilderness Workshop, Friends of Africa International, and the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 in the Callaway Room at the Third Street Center Carbondale for a presentation and panel discussion, moderated by Greg Poschman, filmmaker and conservation advocate.
Representatives from both organizations will share how they are working to protect native wildlife in their respective regions and special guests will weigh in on the nuances of this work as it relates to the human experience. The discussion will highlight the similarities between the organizations’ struggles to preserve wildlife habitat, while balancing human needs and development.
About Africa Network for Animal Welfare
ANAW’s mission is “to work with communities, governments, partners and other stakeholders across Africa to promote humane treatment of all animals.” They will speak about the plight of the Watha People, a tribe of hunter-gatherers that were once the native inhabitants of Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks in Kenya. They were displaced with the creation of the parks in the 1940’s. Now ostracized from their ancestral land and labeled unfairly as squatters and poachers, the Watha are on the verge of losing their culture and the beautiful human-animal-environment “oneness” it embodies.
Guest speaker Kahindi Lekalhaile, ANAW’s chief mobilizer in Kenya, will speak about what the organization is doing to bring back the dignity of the Watha in an effort to restore their culture. He will be joined by myself, Eli Weiss, Executive Director, WildiZe Foundation and other special guests for a panel discussion after the presentation.
Light refreshments served.