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Women, Warriors & Witchcraft: Carnivore Ecology and Conservation in Tanzania’s Ruaha Landscape

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Conservation Conversations Series

Featured Speaker: Amy Dickman, Ph.D., Kaplan Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University and founder and director of the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) in southern Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape is one of the most important places in the world for large carnivores, holding over 10% of the world’s lions, but intense conflict with local people is a huge threat. Warriors often spear and poison carnivores, partly in response to attacks on stock, and partly to demonstrate bravery and acquire wealth. This lecture provides a fascinating insight into how Amy and her team started Ruaha’s first carnivore research and conservation initiative, against a backdrop of tribal conflict, poverty and fears of witchcraft. She explains RCP’s work and achievements so far, and discusses some of the complexities involved in maintaining dangerous species like lions in an ever more human-dominated world.

Photo Credit: Ruaha Carnivore Project

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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