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Berkeley Animal Rights Center
2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94704
☼ JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ABOUT ANIMAL LIBRATION AND CONSERVATION IN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. ☼
THIS IS A FREE & UNIQUE EVENT! Please watch this space for the agenda and for updates. Bring a friend, two or more.
Direct Action Everywhere and March for Elephants, San Francisco (http://marchforelephants.org/) together with the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) and In Defense of Animals is hosting a conversation featuring Amos Kipeen and Prince Harris Pem's Taga, who are Maasai from Kanya. Amos and Prince will share their experiences; successes, difficulties, hopes and goals advocating for wildlife and nature in the context of a continent dominated by colonial modalities of conservation, and DxE, IDA and MFE will share with Prince its experiences and ideas governing the fundamentals of Animal Liberation.
It is our hope that this creative exhange of ideas will help western advocates understand our African brother and sisters and the animals they strive to protect, better, and that in turn, our African brother and sisters will take home with them the governing principles of animal liberation as practices by DxE.
For questions, please write to DxE and/or you may write GMFER, here as well: [email protected]
The event will be a dialogue circle where people can learn from each other and ask meaningful questions; please come, bring a friend or two and help us make it a real converstaion.
The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos and its SF chapter, MFE, extends a gracious and heartfelt thanks to DxE and Prince for all their good and extraordinary work and for hosting and participating in this event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
☼ AMOS KIPEEN ☼
Amos Kipeen has wide experience in both the tourism and nonprofit sectors in Kenya. In 2009, he founded the Mara Discovery Center, a community-based organization that combines tourism, conservation, environmental education, and micro-enterprise to promote non-consumptive use of natural resources. Since 2015, he has also been with Basecamp Foundation Kenya-BCFK, currently as program manager in charge of implementing the Foundation’s programs in the Maasai Mara, including the Mara Lion Project, the Talented Girls Leadership School, and various programs in green energy and clean water. Amos was previously general manager for the Salt Springs Mara Camp, marketing officer for KETAS Safaris, and a guide and naturalist for other camps and tour companies. In his work in eco-tourism, Amos shared his deep knowledge of the Mara ecosystem with visitors from around the world and shared local Maasai heritage at the same time.
Amos is passionate about sustainable livelihood, wildlife conservation, good governance, and empowerment of underserved populations, and sees all of these things as connected. Among his volunteer activities in this regard, he was co-founder of the Maasai Buffalo Dance and Cultural Group, a performing arts group of young men and women whose mission is to promote Maasai culture and provide disease-free living through linkage with the outside world. Amos has a BS in Wildlife Management and graduate diploma in Tourism and Wildlife Management from the Maasai Mara University. He has also done further study in management and in 2015 was a participant in the Young African Leaders Techcamp in South Africa, with training on digital strategies for community organizing.
☼ PRINCE HARRIS PEMS TAGA ☼
Prince Harris Pem's Taga is a native Maasai and a lifelong advocate for living sustainably with nature and wildlife. As the founder of Friends of Maasai MARA, Harris’s goal is to teach young people about their rich wildlife heritage and to engage his home community around the Maasai Mara National Preserve to protect wildlife and the local ecosystem for future generations. He accomplishes this through outreach to students and families, through wildlife programs in local schools, and by taking children out into the Maasai Mara Preserve to witness wildlife firsthand, which they would otherwise never see. Harris believes in nurturing the natural empathy that young people have, and that this will be the key to coexistence between people and wildlife in the 21st century.
A protest at the Japanese Consulte in San Francisco — on banning the ivory market will be staged on the 10th or 11th of October, precedeing this event. Please stay tuned for details. Thank you.