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Hornocker Wildlife Inst. & the Intl Snow Leopard Trust

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:01 pm    Post subject: Hornocker Wildlife Inst. & the Intl Snow Leopard Trust Reply with quote
Yes, what is your stand on the Hornocker Wildlife Institute? Secondary, International Snow Leopard Trust? Thanks...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Janice Very Happy ,

In my opinion - both of those are rockin' organizations that are doing great things for conservation. I took a little web safari to check them out...

Hornocker's Web site:
http://www.hwi.org/

Apparently Hornocker combined their talents with the considerable talent of the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2002:
Hornocker Wildlife Institute Becomes Part of Wildlife Conservation Society - March 5, 2002
Press Release:
http://hornocker.org/hornocker/2533966

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) website:
http://www.wcs.org/

Statement & Mission of WCS:
"Humans are yearning to connect to wildlife, and the Wildlife Conservation Society provides that connection in a meaningful way." -- David Schiff

"The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands. We do so through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together, these activities change individual attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale. WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on Earth."


I have to say that I really respect WCS. Importantly, their conservation tools are "science-based" - something that the currently proposed SPA (Species Protection Act) here in the U.S. seeks to strip away, effectively weakening it and placing important decisions about our environment & species preservation into the hands of those who are the least knowlegable, and most likely to cater to the whims of big businesses at the expense of the environment. Hopefully, that version of the SPA will get shot down! Evil or Very Mad On the flip-side - I really appreciate the efforts of world-class organizations such as WCS. Very Happy
http://wcs-old.atlasworks.com/home/science

Link to the International Snow Leopard Trusts' Website:
http://www.zoo.org/conserve/sn_leop.html

They have an interesting history (excerpts of commentary from the Woodland Park Zoo website below):
"Woodland Park Zoo's former curator of education Helen Freeman took her fascination of snow leopards several steps further by creating the International Snow Leopard Trust (ISLT) in 1981. ISLT quickly recognized that its ultimate success would involve the input of the indigenous residents living in snow leopard habitats. Today, ISLT works in all 12 snow leopard range countries. The largest gathering of snow leopard representative countries met at Woodland Park Zoo in May 2002 to collectively address the persistent dangers of habitat destruction and poaching that continue to threaten these elusive felines.

Currently, more than 300 people from 200 households in Mongolia participate in ISLT's successful Snow Leopard Enterprises program. This program puts the destiny of communitites in their own hands by encouraging a sustainable trade in handicrafts work and rewarding anti-poaching activities."


August 2003 Field Diary from the Trust's Executive Director (Brad Rutherford):
Monday, 18 Aug 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - Grist Magazine
http://www.grist.org/comments/dispatches/2003/08/18/rutherford-islt/

International Snow Leopard Trust Home Page:
http://www.snowleopard.org/


EDIT: Sorry - this post is already pretty long - but had to add this awesome link from the Trust's "Cat Facts." These people are SERIOUS!

http://www.snowleopard.org/catfactsclassroom/catfacts
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Loads of good links there Val......thanks!! I'm familiar with the Intl Snow Leopard Trust and you've given us lots of food for thought here. That last link at the bottom of your post to the cat facts is quite remarkable. I was pleasantly stunned when I clicked on "other characteristics" under the Physical Features header.......some very fine and amazing pictures that you can enlarge......a feast for the eyes!!!

These cats are truly something special!! Kudos galore to the people involved in working with the people showing them ways to co-exist with these truly gorgeous felines. Let there be HOPE Exclamation


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
wow great links val!!!!!! those snow leopards they are so beatifull and amazing. some day i would love to work with them.

for when i get older. i really have thought about what i want to be and i really want to be somone who cares for animals. like you dave but i dont really want to be the head of it. lol lol Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh hey! Hi AGAIN Cheetah Very Happy I want to tell you how ROCKIN' I think it is that you are thinking about working with animals someday. It's you guys learning and growing up AWARE of how critical it is to protect our planet's wildlife and care for them that gives us all HOPE for the future of Wild Cats and every other species....endangered and not YET endangered (which is coming soon if things don't change...Scary!) So just keep on learning and spreading the word to your friends...you are the ones who will have to be there in the future days to 'keep on keeping on', you know?
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