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Conserving the #GardenersoftheForest: Apes, Elephants, & Climate Change
October 22 • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm• Free
Please join the University of Oregon Department of Anthropology on Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm in Lillis 282 for a free, public lecture from renowned conservationist Ian Redmond.
Primates and elephants act as gardeners in tropical forests and woodlands, dispersing seeds, creating light-gaps and fertilising the soil with their dung. And yet their numbers have declined to a tiny fraction of what it is estimated they were a century ago, with a corresponding reduction in their ecological impact. If we lose the forests then we lose their ability to trap and lock away atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon sequestration by the three tropical forest blocks – Amazonia, Congo Basin and south east Asia – is an essential component in the global strategy to prevent dangerous climate change. If we value the forests for all the ecosystem services they provide, then we must protect the gardeners of the forest.
Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants over 40 years. He has devoted his life to putting conservation principles into practice through investigation, education and advocacy. Ian has advised in the making of more than 100 documentary films: from introducing Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978, for the famous BBC Life on Earth sequences, to teaching Sigourney Weaver to grunt like a gorilla in 1987, for her award-winning role in the film Gorillas in the Mist and more recently, the National Geographic series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s work. Ian has led anti-poacher patrols, carried out investigations into the primate trade, guided film crews and special interest tours into close encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants and erupting volcanoes, and worked to support local conservationists during the horrors of Rwanda’s and Democratic Republic of Congo’s civil wars.