The Greenpeace Durban team are honoured to be one of the partners of this event which aims to highlight the plight of the Pangolin which is the most trafficked animal/mammal on our planet. And also highlight the awareness to Rhino Poaching. The speakers are Louise Fletcher, a specialist in pangolin conservation and Grant Fowlds a well renowned conservationist.
*Louise Fletcher is a specialist in pangolin conservation. Her first role with pangolins was working on the release and monitoring of trade confiscated Sunda pangolins in Vietnam, alongside a small carnivore camera-trapping project with The Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program, since then she has gone on to support the work of organisations in Brunei, Kalimantan and Sumatra. In Sumatra she is working with The Kukang Rescue Program to develop a pangolin rehabilitation centre. She has begun by conducting interviews with local villages and surveying potential release sites before building of the centre begins.
Currently she’s developing a project to support the use of trained dogs in Asian pangolin conservation. Working with Singapore Zoo, Ecology Dogs UK and Enviro-Dogs UK this project will push forward many of the action points on the recently published IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group’s action plan. She hopes this will enable researchers to develop a methodology for surveying and monitoring populations of this species and hopes to develop site-specific, long-term projects that create benefits to extend beyond the targeted species.
*Grant Fowlds is a well renowned conservationist. Born in Rural Eastern Cape, where Xhosa was his first language-and equally fluent in Zulu, he relates his first hand experience of growing up in a natural environment with the consequences of 21st century greed for Animals in the exploding demand in all parts of the World. His presentation is centred on the vast increase in Rhino poaching in the last decade, where animals are in serious threat of extinction.
The presentation climaxes on his personal walk in the Rhino Art project initiated by friend & mentor Kingsley Holgate, where a simple piece of paper turned into the largest Voice of the World Youth in the Aim to create awareness to Rhino Poaching to the World; and a race against the theory- ‘endangered means we still have time but extinction is forever. The project has no age limit and no physical boundaries in the World and is centred on awareness and reducing demand mainly in consumer countries of South East Asia.
Entrance is free for this event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Enquiries: Contact Kerry Phillips 0313224000
Grant Fowlds 083-2641978