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"Caring for wildlife, Namibian-style" --Gabby Mocatta, BBC Travel
Proactive preservation! A great example to inspire more projects like it!
"Populations of vulnerable and endangered animals like desert elephants, cheetahs, black and white rhinoceros, lions and endemic birds are stable or increasing, protected both in national parks and community-managed private lands. Namibia bases its brand of conservation on the principle of alleviating poverty through the sustainable use of its wildlife resources. This means attracting visitors to see the animals, involving locals in the necessary infrastructure, then investing profits back into communities. Locals are employed as anti-poaching guards, and in some places, carefully managed hunting is allowed. It is a win/win strategy for the environment and local communities."
The way I've seen it for some time, Connie, you have been attempting to provide your students with ways to exit the "hall of mirrors," in which their lives are bound in increasingly artificial personal and cultural expectations, into a local/global ecology in which their embodied minds are quite naturally suited to understanding and loving the "wildness" of life in all its forms, including their own.