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News from The WILD Foundation
Volume 15, Issue 2
ISSN 1939-2656
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WILD partners with Ideal Market for Community Day!

When: 30 June 2010

Where: Ideal Market, 1275 Alpine Ave, Boulder CO

What: Natural and organic produce, groceries, prepared foods and more!

Why: 5% of proceeds donated to WILD  

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Mali Elephant Project Update
Community efforts emphasize link between health of elephants & people

Photo by Ian Douglas-Hamilton, Mali 2006"We don't want the elephants to disappear, because if the elephants disappear, it means the environment is no longer good for humans," Malian villager.

The Mali Elephant project is actively working with many community groups to ensure the long-term survival of this unique herd of desert elephants.  Through community workshops, primary school programs, outreach through eco-tourism providers and close consultation with government agencies and policy makers, we are putting to work the information gathered through several years of studying the key threats to the elephants.

Learn more about Phase II: Action and Outreach in Mali >

Update on Olive Ridley Turtles & Dhamra Port Project (India)
Stakeholders & specialists voice concerns

Olive Ridley

In early April we heard from our partners in India regarding the involvement of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Dharma Port issue.  A group of leading specialists and IUCN members from India sent a formal grievance letter to IUCN headquarters, addressing their engagement with the Dhamra Port Company Limited, the corporation building the port.  

Visit Talking WILD (WILD's blog) for more information on the letter and the happenings in Dhamra.

WILD LogoWILD9 Videos Online!

Not able to attend WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress?  Or perhaps you were there but missed a session or two? 

Good news - you can watch the WILD9 plenary presentations in high-quality video on wild.org!  The plenary sessions are organized by day and easily accessible on our website. 

Vance Martin in Sanctuary Asia Magazine

India's leading wildlife, conservation and environment magazine, Sanctuary Asia recently featured an interview with WILD's President Vance Martin by Sanctuary's founder and editor Bittu Sahgal, a long-term and valued collaborator. 

In this four page spread, Bittu and Vance talk about wilderness, their mentors and friends and the future of WILD. Here is a brief excerpt:

What does the wilderness mean to you personally Vance?

Wilderness has a sense of proportion. It has beauty, efficiency, complex relationships and interactions and a good "feedback loop" - if it cannot integrate input, you know it. It is dynamic, tangible and real, yet there is always "something else," a mystical quality. It is also a learning environment. Within its workings are clues to all the practical solutions and spiritual context we need to live as a technologically advanced, healthy and prosperous human society - if only we understood it!

Youth at WILD9And your message to the children of tomorrow?

Please do not blame us too much for the mess you inherit, for that will only fester within you. Have faith, take action, do your best, and have fun.

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New on WILD.ORG: Publication Archive
Tons of information now online, free!

We've just finished a new and exciting section of wild.org - the WILD Archive.  Now available online, for free download in PDF format are:

  • Other publications including several books by Dr. Ian Player such as Man and the Wilderness and South African Passage: Diaries of the Wilderness Leadership School.

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 Partner Feature

We'd like to send a great big THANK YOU to Upslope Brewing Company (in Boulder, CO).  Every Wednesday in May, friends of WILD packed their taproom because $1 from every pint sold was donated to support WILD's work for wilderness, wildlife and people world-wide.

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