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Tales of WellBeing – Issue 3, March 2020

Zakouma, Chad – A Dying to Living Story
March 13, 2020

The Chadian government established the Zakouma National Park, a 3,000 Km2 area in the south-east of the country, in 1963. At the turn of this century, the park was home to 4,000 elephants. Unfortunately, in 2002 it was targeted by poachers, and by 2010 it was estimated that there were only around 450 elephants left. Virtually all breeding had stopped because the survivors were so stressed. Chad then contracted with African Parks, a relatively new NGO, to manage Zakouma and gave it complete authority over the park. In short order, the NGO engineered a remarkable turnaround. In 2010, there were very few or no elephant births and in 2011, African Parks counted only one elephant under five years old in the park. But by 2018, there were 127 young elephants under five. The elephant population is now approaching 600 individuals. Since 2010, only 24 elephants have been poached compared to hundreds per year from 2002 to 2010.

Elephant calf drinking in Zakouma, NP, Chad as part of the largest elephant herd in Africa. Photo by Thomas Clode

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The Case for Living Connected to Place in 2020
March 13, 2020
By Matt Biggar, Ph.D.

I remember seeing a quote some years ago that distilled the problems we face as a human society down to one fundamental reason - viewing other people and other species as less than ourselves.

Community Sharing – California, Photo by M. Biggar

I’ve continued to think about this as the harm we cause our fellow humans and nature escalate. These views, tendencies and dispositions are deeply ingrained in our cultures and minds, often subconsciously and under the surface. Looking at the other as inferior is fueled by separation and influenced by a host of factors, including politicians who divide us. We are prone to seeing other human groups in a negative light and the non-human web of life as something we can exploit or ignore when we exist in separate places. Changing attitudes and our treatment of others and nature is unlikely when our daily experiences involve little of either.


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Wildlife Rescue – The Guide
March 13, 2020

Photo from The Ultimate Wildlife Rescue Guide by Rachel Brown

Most of us will have had an occasion to rescue an injured or ill wild animal, whether it be a mouse that the cat has caught, a bird that has flown into a window or something more exotic. I suspect that we then scramble to figure out what, if anything we can do. There are many guides around that offer advice, some of it very detailed, but I was impressed by the practical guide, The Ultimate Wildlife Rescue Guide, produced by Rachel Brown, who provides gardening advice in the UK. Her advice focuses on British wildlife but most of what she has to say is relevant to North America and other parts of the world.


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ANNOUNCEMENT
Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL) 2020
March 13, 2020
CAWSEL will return to St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge from 6-18 September 2020. The program has been running for more than 20 years and consists of four courses delivered by 15 world-renowned animal welfare experts through a range of formal and informal lectures and discussions. There are four individual courses:

  • Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare, 6-8 September 2020
  • Law and Companion Animal, and Horse Welfare, 9-12 September 2020
  • Laboratory Animal Welfare and Principles of Animal Ethics, 14-16 September 2020   
  • Farm Animal Welfare, 17-18 September 2020

Participants can choose to attend any of the four courses, which can all be booked individually. Early-Bird registrations are available until 31 May and CAWSEL offers Student and Charity rates as well as discounts for booking three or more courses.
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