GAFI Films for Conservation Education

Whilst browsing Primate awareness charities the other day, pondering inventive fundraising ideas, I came across the GAFI Initiative. It caught my eye due to the fact it was promoting conservation through the medium of film, which I found beautifully simple in itself. However after reading further, I found they actually run film courses for people of any ability or experience to learn the basics that would enable them to make their own nature or conservation film. I love the potential ripple effect this could have – teaching budding conservationists/filmakers the skills they need to produce what their creative minds crave, all for a common cause. Not only this,but GAFI work in collaboration with GRASP and Filmakers for Conservation to screen their films to the communities that live in and around areas of conservation or endangered species. Providing education to these people is paramount in the ongoing progress of conservation projects, and GAFI is doing an excellent job of using simple modern media to do this.


The Reality of Bushmeat Hunting

The above video is a shocking visualisation of the Bushmeat trade. As large tracts of forest in Central and West Africa are opened up to logging and mining, commercial “bushmeat” hunting is threatening apes, chimpanzees and other endangered species with extinction.

“Bushmeat” is the name given to the flesh of wild animals killed in the forests and shrub lands of Africa. The International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW] and other partner organizations are working to find practical solutions to the bushmeat crisis.

+ The International Fund for Animal Welfare

Malaysia: Illegal Orangutans Deported

Four Orangutans residing in Malaysia, have had to be returned to Borneo after being discovered as the species normally found in the rainforest. Two were living in a Malaysian Zoo whilst the other two in a theme park, however there were no details as to how they were acquired.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requires an animal to be sent back to its country of origin if it does not have proper import certification and it cannot be established how it was brought in, the paper said. The four apes are scheduled to be flown to Jakarta Friday and handed over to Indonesia’s forestry department. They will go through a rehabilitation programme before being sent to Kalimantan on Borneo island.

+ [28.09.07] Google News
+ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)