I marked the day with an animal behaviour lecture and ended it with a dialogue about conservation. Thanks to Jack & Rai who hosted a World Wildlife Day dialogue with Anbu (ACRES) and myself last Sunday night.
I am curently reading “Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants,” by by Jacob Shell. A geographer who read widely and travelled to visited a complex array of South Asian and Indochinese (prominently in Burma) peoples who work with elephants. Pushed to the mountains by historical waves of lowland conquests in the region, the geography led to an evolution of elephant working cultures.
Shell sheds light on the co-dependency of elephant and man on forests, which are foraging and mating grounds for their elephants, and which suport the forest-based economies, logging and transport through seasonally flooded terrain. Roads, forest fragmentation and agriculture thereaten these areas but the dificul terrain is also the setting of some of the longest resistance wars which protect the forests.
I know very little about Southeast Asia, a tremedously complex region and the perspectives stitched together Jacob Shell, a geographer, are insightful.
Note: Marcus Chua shares what research reveals about Species Awareness Days tonight!
NUS PEACE fosters the love and respect that all animals deserve through education, advocacy and action, by connecting with others in the community who care. They are also a platform for anyone interested in starting new programmes.
Email I wrote my students in the first year biodiversity module, second year ecology module and third year life form and function module:
the student group NUS PEACE is holding an Animal Wefare Symposium at LT24 this Sat 25 Aug 2012. It is organised around three themes: Rescue, Rehabilitation and Responsible Animal Care/Pet Ownership and features an admirable group of people who work selflessly for the betterment of animals in Singapore.
This symposium is a great way to learn about the issues which most are poorly informed about, at a venue right at our doorstep.
The organising group, NUS PEACE, consists of a bunch of undergrads from all corners of NUS, and include some of our very own life science students. If you are interested in joining them, see: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/nuspeace/
Besides the roadshow, explore the webpage to learn more about what this unit of AVA is doing for animal welfare education.
For example they conduct responsible pet ownership talks for primary, secondary and tertiary levels and educators can book a session.
There are workshop at their premises, ambassador programmes for schools, requests for AVA participation at community events, skit script complete with music a pet pals badge programme, a variety of library exhibitions, etc.