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NYWCFF - All Star Panel with World's Leading Conservationists
Crosby Street Hotel & Theater
New York, NY
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NYWCFF - All Star Panel with World's Leading Conservationists
Saturday February 2, 2013
Series 9     9:00-10:30 PM
Short Films, Awards Ceremony & Panel Discussion: Our Shared Future - Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century

Dr. Mike Cranfield, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project
"Conservation of a population, one Mountain Gorilla at a time"
The talk will address the status and pressures on the Mountain Gorilla population.  A "one health" approach will be addressed and how " the Gorilla Doctors" perform  individual veterinary treatments in the wild and monitor the health trends in the population as a whole. The summary will include data to show the effectiveness of the approach.

Dr. Cranfield to receive an Award for Excellence in Conservation Medicine

Janet Hess, Series Producer - NATURE
"The way NATURE brings conservation stories to the public"
Short film clip: Siberian Tiger Quest
10 minutes
Featured on PBS, NATURE, Siberian Tiger Quest makes its debut this fall as part of the 30th season of this award winning series. Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to far eastern Russia, in search of the big cats that hold rank in the frozen forests.

Dr. William Karesh, Vice President - EcoHealth Alliance, Co-chair IUCN Species Survival Commission,   President, OIE Working Group on Wildlife Diseases, Director of USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats
"Man-Made Epidemics"
Most of the infectious diseases of humans are shared with animals, and two-thirds of new, emerging diseases such as SARS, HIV-AIDS, and Ebola are linked to wildlife. While the first reaction might be to blame the animals, human activities are the real underlying drivers of these disease problems. Deforestation, extractive industries, global travel and trade, agricultural or food production systems, and the trade in wildlife all have significant impacts on our health and the health of the planet.  In essence, the metaforces of globalization, urbanization, and population expansion that have shaped much of the world's development trajectory also have undermined environmental sustainability and health. The convergence of these trends has inextricably linked the health of wildlife, people, and domestic animals.

Kelvin Alie from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
A conservation professional for over 15 years, Kelvin has been leading the global expansion of IFAW's Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking project, which has provided more than 40 trainings in 15 countries. More than 1,200 customs officers, police, veterinarians and other key personnel have been trained, many of whom are responsible for seizures of wildlife bound for the illegal trade.

Kelvin's works in close cooperation with INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program, overseeing a joint partnership initiative involving wildlife law enforcement trainings and operations across Africa and Asia

Short Film: Sharpening the Axe
12 minutes
This is Africa where free roaming elephants are targeted by poachers trying to make fast cash. These animals are dying at an alarming rate to meet the booming the demand for ivory trinkets in China. In this short film, IFAW, INTERPOL, and Environment Canada team up to train 10 southern African countries to counter heavily armed, highly professionally wildlife crime networks. Dr. Alie is featured in this film.

Professor E. O. Wilson
Harvard University
Author, biologist, conservationist and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Discussion: TBA
* Will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Preservation of Biodiversity

Bryan Christy, National Geographic Investigative Reporter
Blood Ivory: 25,000 Elephants Killed Last Year
Short Film: Elephants is Crisis

Dr. Tara S. Stoinski
Director of Primate Research Zoo Atlanta and Vice President/Chief Scientist for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Ensuring a future for gorillas
This talk will present an overview of the work of Dr. Dian Fossey and her organization, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, to help conserve the critically endangered mountain and Grauer's gorillas of eastern Africa.  Dr. Fossey's work study and protecting mountain gorillas began in 1967 with the establishment of the Karisoke Research Center.  More than 27 years after Dr. Fossey's death, Karisoke still flourishes and is responsible for the daily monitoring, protection and study of one quarter of the Virunga mountain gorilla population.  Karisoke also serves as a model for the Fossey Fund's work in eastern DRC to protect the remaining Grauer's gorillas.

Bob Simon, CBS Evening News - "60 Minutes"
Discussion: TBA


Crosby Street Hotel & Theater (View)
79 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
United States


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