3:00 PM, March 13, 2016
The focus of this discussion will be on how humans are working to preserve our natural spaces, and the importance of diversity in wildlife habitats around the world in keeping our planet healthy.
Special guests include Leslie Griffith (filmmaker - When Giants Fall), Dr. Jake Wall (Research Scientist - Save the Elephants) and Ernie Cooper, Environmental Consultant/SFU Professor.
The discussion will be moderated by Christina Toms, Director of WIFTV’s board and Director of Communications and Co-Founder of Elephanatics.
Ernie Cooper, the owner of E. Cooper Environmental Consulting is a graduate of the University of Victoria and has worked in the field of international wildlife conservation since 1988 and is a leading Canadian authority on wildlife trade; the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ; and the identification of wildlife products. Ernie is an Associate of the Centre for Forensic Research and Adjunct Professor for the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University; and a member of the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science. Further information about Ernie can be found here: www.ecooper.ca
Dr. Jake Wall is a movement ecologist studying the ranging behaviour of African elephants using high-tech GPS tracking technology. He has developed a real-time monitoring system that is helping to counter elephant poaching in Kenya and South Africa and has also studied the movement patterns of the rare population of desert elephants in Mali. He recently completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Geography and is continuing his postdoctoral at Colorado State University in the United States. He is Chief Scientific Research Advisor with Elephanatics and research scientist and database manager with Save the Elephants.