WILD10 e-newsletter // September 2013 // Week 2 


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Call for Volunteers
Would you like to join the WILD10 team this October 4-10 in Salamanca? You're in luck! We're looking for a few dedicated volunteers to assist our staff for about 4-6 hours each day of the Congress. In return, you'll receive complimentary registration and have the opportunity to meet some of the world's leading professionals in the environmental movement! 
Please contact Leona Graham:

WILD10 Logistics


The last hotel rooms  

are filling fast!  

To ensure accommodation in Salamanca during the Congress, please make your reservations as soon as possible. If you have a problem finding one of our official hotels with availability for your dates, please email our ground operator coordinating the WILD10 hotels for assistance: 


Airport transfers will close in approximately 10 days, and as such, we encourage all delegates who would like to book a private bus transfer from Madrid Barajas International Airport to the Palacio de Congresos in Salamanca, to do so soon! 


You may access your Congress registration account and easily add these components as well as an excursion for WILD Day.


Trail to Salamanca
"The headline in Spain's La Nueva Espana newspaper shouts the good news: "Somieda full of visitors because of the bears!" At a time when talk of economic crisis is still on everybody's lips, here's a happy story about a healthy collaboration between humans and their wild cousins."
Featured WILD10 ambassador
Juan Luis Cano:
Journalist, writer & humorist

"One of the things that makes humans unique from the rest of the species on Earth is the sense of humor, another is altruism and self-injury is sadly another. We must be aware that every inch of space ruined, damaged or torn from nature by man is an attack on their very existence.To me, of course, apparently seen, I would not be anything else. I'm very well being a tiger."

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"Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit" 

- Jawaharlal Nehru


A WILD10 Welcome: Flamenco "Fusion" music & dance!
Photo © Jaime Rojo

CULTURE is equally as important as good policy, effective resource management, and state-of-the-art science. To celebrate wild nature and people, WILD10 will feature a powerful and inspiring cultural program that brings together a global mix of artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, poets, actors and more. From contemporary society to tribal communities, the cultural program will offer a wide range of expression and passion for wild nature.


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LOCAL PEOPLE will join us, as many of the cultural events are free to the Salamanca public, allowing WILD10 delegates to connect to the culture of Spain as well as experience others from around the world. From Canadian rappers to Spanish urban street artists, conservation filmmakers to flamenco singers and dancers, our cultural program is  WILD - for your mind and spirit!



> View Cultural Program info  

Here are just a few of our participants in the WILD10 Cultural Program:

Asher Jay

Asher Jay is an artist, designer, speaker, activist, writer and conservationist. She is a staunch supporter of animal rights, wildlife conservation, and sustainable development, and she uses all her creative faculties to spark engaging visual discourses with audiences across the globe about contemporary, ecological and humanitarian concerns.

At WILD10, she will feature two art exhibits in the Expo area, sharing the powerful voice that art can bring to the message of conservation: Message in a Bottle and the Series in Red, Brushstrokes at the Brink. She will also be speaking about how we can find the past in the present moment so we might better connect with our future. Her presentation will describe our natural lineage and biological evolution, fleshing out the wild beyond as the wild within.  

Baba Brinkman 



The Rap Guide to Evolution: Combining the wit, poetry, and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigour of a scientist, Canadian performing artist Baba Brinkman takes us on a hip-hop tour of modern biology. A smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, in New York, and around the world, The Rap Guide is at once provocative, hilarious, intelligent, and scientifically accurate. "Astonishing and brilliant" -NY Times


The Rap Guide to Wilderness - Premiere!

As a special commission for WILD10, Baba Brinkman will perform new material from his forthcoming work "The Rap Guide to Wilderness," exploring our place in nature and the deep human attraction to wild creatures and wild spaces. 

Beatriz Padilla 



Beatriz Padilla is fully committed to her art in service to wild nature and traditional cultures. The Mexican-based artist-activist has traveled the world in her Wildlands Conservation Painting Expedition, collaborating with The WILD Foundation and other local organizations. She has worked and painted throughout Africa, Latin America, and North America to convey through her art the important role of wild nature and the human connection to wildness. 


To support WILD10, she started Tinta Vital, a small company focused specifically on graphic comic depictions of environmental messages, inaugurating the company with "Nurdlor's Enigma", the comic strip featuring weekly on At WILD10, she brings a fabulous exhibition - The Language of Stones - her latest field painting initiative from El Mirador, the extensive Mayan archeological site excavated by Richard Hansen and his team. 

El Cobo y Enriquito Sextet



El Cobo y Enriquito Sextet / Raúl Cobo y Enriquito Sexteto: Enrique Rodríguez (trumpet), Víctor González Aceituno (percussion), Pedro Medina (guitar), Yago Salorio (bass), Jafo González (guitar), Raúl Cobo (vocals) will perform their flamenco fusion new style.


From traditional flamenco to "beyond borders" - these two artists combine traditional and modern sounds into a fabulous fusion of sounds and cultures. 


El Cobo y Enriquito Sextet will be playing at WILD10 on October 5th during the Global Gathering's Evening Concert: A WILD Music Medley.

David Rothenberg



Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing (Basic Books and Penguin UK), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. In 2006 it was turned into a feature-length TV documentary by the BBC.  Rothenberg has also written Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record,  Hand's End, and Always the Mountains.  His writings have appeared in at least eleven languages.  Rothenberg was the editor of the MIT Press literary magazine Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, and edited the various Terra Nova books based on the journal.

Julie Cajune




Julie Cajune is the actress and co-writer of Belief. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. An award-winning educator, Julie was profiled in UTNE Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." Julie is also a documentary film producer.  


In collaboration with the poet Jennifer Finley-Greene and director Linda Grinde, Julie Cajune presents her one-woman play, Belief. The work is a unique blend of stories of women Salish, the native tribes of British Columbia, with poetry and live music. Each story invites the public to believe in ourselves, in magic and in love.