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Journalist and Author of “Poached”, Rachel Nuwer

Journalist and Author of “Poached”, Rachel Nuwer

March 22, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Rachel Nuwer author of the incredible book Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking. We talk about the nuances behind elephant tusks, trophy hunting, and how well-intentioned people can negatively—and unwittingly—impact conservation efforts. 

Sam Sutaria of The WaterBear Network

Sam Sutaria of The WaterBear Network

February 21, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Sam Sutaria of The WaterBear Network, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Sam is great, and really does a great job talking about WaterBear's mission and values, and how users can both watch amazing content and support related initiatives. 

Some of my favorite videos on WaterBear: 

 

Nicole Helgason of Ocean Gardener

Nicole Helgason of Ocean Gardener

December 7, 2020
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Nicole Helgason of Ocean Gardener, who discusses the importance and threats to coral reefs, the state of coral restoration projects, and how she gardens corals to make sure these incredibly bio-diverse locations will be here for decades to come. 
Author Sy Montgomery

Author Sy Montgomery

November 16, 2020

"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson", Sy has traveled around the world researching and writing stories on conservation and the natural world, including the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea, tigers in India, and orangutans in Indonesia.  

We talk much about her book "The Soul of An Octopus", as well as her other books and her writing process, as well as the current state of the environment. 
 
I would put Sy in the category of someone I never thought I'd interview, a staple in conservation writing for decades, and an inspiration to many aspiring conservationists, but she couldn't have been more gracious during the course of our conversation and was an incredible source of information, inspiration, and passion. 
 
Leif Cocks of The Orangutan Project

Leif Cocks of The Orangutan Project

October 26, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Leif Cocks of The Orangutan Project, and we talk about why more often than not highlands are protected for conservation areas and lowlands aren't, how orangutans are driven to extinction and we only have 10 years to protect them, and how people need to have both the heart and compassion as well as the knowledge and intelligence to create real meaningful change. 

As always, please like, rate, and subscribe to the podcast, and to help Leif, head on over to Orangutan.org and see how you can become involved in Leif's incredible work.

Louise de Waal of Blood Lions

Louise de Waal of Blood Lions

September 21, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Louise de Waal of the documentary Blood Lions, which exposes the sadistic truth behind caged lions bred for the bullet in South Africa.

 

It's an incredibly compelling conversation about an incredibly compelling documentary, find out more by listening or viewing the links below— 

 

Blood Lions documentary

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Poachers and COVID: Interview with Yona Katembo

Poachers and COVID: Interview with Yona Katembo

September 7, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Yona Katembo, our tour guide when we went to Uganda a few months back. We touch base on how COVID has impacted the tourism industry, the recent poaching of the silverback gorilla Rafiki, and the punishment of his poachers.   

Madeleine and Ben of Bracenet

Madeleine and Ben of Bracenet

August 17, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Madeleine and Ben of Bracenet, the company that turns destructive ghost nets floating the oceans into fashionable bracelets and apparel. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with these two, the world needs more people like Madeleine and Ben, and on top of that, they frankly couldn't be cooler people. 

 

Site:

https://bracenet.net/

 

Nina Fascione of the International Rhino Foundation

Nina Fascione of the International Rhino Foundation

August 4, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Nina Fascione of the International Rhino Foundation, and we talk about the differences between the 5 species of rhinos, IRF's reforestation efforts to help save the Sumatran rhino in Indonesia (there are less than 70 left), and how COVID has impacted the efforts to help rhinos. 

 

Helpful Links

International Rhino Foundation

• International Rhino Foundation YouTube

Rob Whitehair and Alex Finden of Mammalz

Rob Whitehair and Alex Finden of Mammalz

July 27, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Rob Whitehair and Alex Finden of Mammalz, a user-generated content app that allows anyone to create and upload content, while enabling users to follow and tip content creators who interest them. 

 

To help secure app funding, Mammalz is doing a trip giveaway to one of three locations, including a diving liveaboard in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, a tiger safari in Ranthambhore National Park, India, and an 11-day safari in Botswana, to anyone interested in investing as low as $100. 

 

For every $250k they raise, they will do a random drawing for one of each of the trips. The deadline to invest and be entered into the drawing is July 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST, more information can be found here: https://wefunder.com/mammalz

 

Finally, there is a lot of great content on the site already, and here are some Mammalz user accounts to take a look at:
 
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