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  WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue 4                                                                                            April 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, APRIL 2019
The Role of Zoos and Aquaria in the 21st Century
In 1995, I was coauthor with Bob Hoage (then a Public Affairs Officer for the National Zoo in Washington) on the changing animal protection movement and on the evolution and role of zoos and aquaria. Bob contributed the section on zoo evolution and he identified three periods in the development from 1865-1900 (zoos as expressions of colonial reach and power); 1900-1950 (zoos as expressions of civic pride and “stamp” collections of species) and 1950-1995 (zoos as conservation centers with a focus on captive breeding of endangered species and appropriate husbandry). We are now in the fourth phase of the evolution of zoos and aquaria that includes a strong emphasis on conservation education as well as a focus on animal well-being (really starting around 2005). Many more institutions are now also engaged in in situ conservation projects (but such projects amount to only around 3% of overall budgets except for the Wildlife Conservation Society and a handful of others) and a few are now beginning to move beyond education programs and engage in active public advocacy and outreach. Detroit Zoo and Zoos Victoria in Melbourne, Australia are early adopters of this trend.
Banff National Park (Canada) Courtesy: Susan Hagood, Humane Society (United States).

Corridors & Crossings: Advancing Connectivity Conservation

By Elizabeth Fairbank and Aaron Laur, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Across the globe, the movement of species and flow of ecological processes are being interrupted by human development. Natural areas are losing vital connections once used by wildlife to migrate, disperse, mate, feed, and thrive. This ongoing fragmentation is
leaving nature susceptible to a wide range of maladies including habitat destruction, species extinction, and loss of critical ecosystem functions. To protect these vitalinter connections, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) fosters networks of communities and institutions to identify the threats to ecological connectivity and prioritize science, policy, and management actions across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments. Specifically, CLLC’s Corridors & Crossings Program is accelerating large-scale conservation across North America and internationally.

Trends in investments in transportation infrastructure in SSA,2010-2017

April 30, 2019

Ecological Connectivity: A Report on Transportation Infrastructure Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Andrew Rowan

In March of 2019, the First African conference on linear infrastructure (roads, railways and canals)  
was held in South Africa. Our partner organization, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) produced an excellent and eye-opening report, Transportation Infrastructure Investments and Consequences for Wildlife-A Review of Sub-Saharan Africa , for the conference on investments in such infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from 2010 through 2017. This chart shows the extent of investments in linear infrastructure in the region by China, the World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
 

WBI Partners' News

The AHPPA shelter (Refugio) in Costa Rica has just upgraded its website and now has photos and brief bios of some of the key individuals involved (see link). In 2018, they sterilized almost 21,000 dogs and cats in Costa Rica.

The Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary (GFAS) is not just a place where farm animals can live out their lives in peace, it also has a big impact on the education of children (and adults).Education is part of the foundation of GFAS. It also is engaged in ecosystem protection and restoration and building harmonious relations between humans, wild animals and the ecosystem.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) continues to push forward in its work to enable landscapes to flourish and sustain all life. A report of its current work, Corridors & Crossings: Advancing Connectivity Conservation, is featured in this newsletter.
 
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
May 23-June 3, 2019
CITES – 18th Meeting of the conference of the parties (see CoP), Colombo, Sri Lanka. 
September 18-20, 2019
3rd International Dog Population Management Conference, Kenya: International Coalition for Companion Animal Management.
July 22-26, 2019
Species on the Move Conference (Kruger NP, South Africa).
September 22-26, 2019 
International Conference on Ecology & Transportation (Sacramento, USA).
October 14-16, 2019 
University of Sydney, One Welfare Conference II – A follow-up to the first International One Welfare Conference, held in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2016.
October 20-23, 2019
Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference, Minneapolis. Participation in this conference is limited to invited speakers, members of Animal Grantmakers and those grantmakers interested in becoming members. Please contact Animal Grantmakers Communications - [email protected].org for more information.
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