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September 17

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Speaker Series


September 17, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Mary Wykstra of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
A Decade of Success for Cheetah Conservation

Mary Wykstra is the Executive Director overseeing the Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) programs. ACK has been affiliated with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Kenya Wildlife Service since 2001 and was officially registered in Kenya in 2009. Mary’s presentation will focus on a “Decade of Success”  for cheetah conservation since ACK was registered – from cheetah monitoring to conflict mitigation and scat detection dogs – ACK work is a model for carnivore conservation on a grass roots level.

 

October 16, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation at The Living Desert
Killing Poachers is Not the Answer: Community Based Conservation as A More Effective Tool

Caring for nature is among the greatest challenges we have, particularly when some of our largest and most charismatic animals such as the vaquita, an endangered porpoise, and rhinos are the victims of escalating rates of poaching. In this talk, Dr. James Danoff-Burg will discuss the common response of Westerners to poaching will undermine conservation. Instead, he will propose that genuinely engaging communities can better address poaching more effectively than a militaristic approach.

 

November 20, 2pm
Rancho Mirage Library at 71-100 Highway 111

Allen Monroe, President and CEO of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Reality of Our Changing Climate and How it Affects Our Wildlife

Hotter summers, drier grasslands, more frequent and more intense fires. We are experiencing a change in our climate that is threatening our homes, our lifestyles, and importantly our wildlife and wildlands. Allen Monroe, President and CEO of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will detail these changes, but will also share reasons why we should be hopeful. We must, we can, and we will combat climate change – together