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A Life with Elephants Sept. 28

September 28, 2010

George Wittemyer, assistant professor of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU, has worked as Iain Douglas-Hamilton's protege since 1997. "His legacy," says Wittemyer, "Includes... educating the public about the wonders and intelligence of the African elephant, its habitats, and the people with which it coexists."

Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., has worked to rescue a rare herd of desert elephants in northern Kenya and Mali, threatened by one of the worst droughts in nearly a dozen years.

Tuesday, Sept. 28
5-6:30 p.m.
Clark Building, Room A-104

Passionate conservationist

In his work to save endangered African elephants, Iain Douglas-Hamilton has been squashed by a rhino, targeted by poachers, and poked by elephants' tusks.

When Douglas-Hamilton won the 2010 Indianapolis Prize, the Indianapolis Zoo issued a press release describing his lifetime achievements.

Saving entire herds of elephants

"The plight of the African elephant is intensely personal to Iain," said Michael Crowther, President/CEO, Indianapolis Zoo. 

"He has studied, named, and nurtured thousands of African elephants for generations, and it is this intimate understanding of and love for these magnificent mammals that drives Iain's forceful efforts to secure a future for endangered African elephants. Iain truly epitomizes what it means to be a hero."

Live webcast at CSU

CSU is one of many locations which will host a broadcast and interactive question-and-answer session with Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world’s foremost authorities on elephant conservation. 

The program will be simulcast live on select PBS stations and webcast to educational institutions, zoos, and aquariums around the country.

Professors host Q & A after webcast 

CSU professors Brett Bruyere and George Wittemyer (colleague of Douglas-Hamilton) will be available after the webcast to answer questions about conservation in the region of Samburu, Kenya, where much of Douglas-Hamilton's work has been conducted.

Sponsored by the Environmental Learning Center and the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

Contact: Brett Bruyere/George Wittemyer
Phone: (970) 491-1360