Paul Smith's College ADK Lecture Series: Bill Weber and Amy Vedder

When:
Sep 25th 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Venue:
Paul Smith's College
Address: Route 86 & 30, Paul Smiths, New York 12970
Rates/Admission:
$5 / Free for PSC or NCCC students
Phone:
(518) 327-6241

In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Success and Challenges in Tourism and Conservation

Mountain gorillas teetered on the edge of extinction forty years ago. They have since staged a remarkable comeback within the troubled region of east-central Africa. Drs. Amy Vedder and Bill Weber will discuss that recovery, the pioneering approaches of ecotourism and community engagement that have made it possible, and the challenges that continue to face the gorillas. It is a story with global implications, from Africa to the Adirondacks.

Amy and Bill have worked for more than thirty years in international conservation, combining protection of wildlife and wild lands with concern for local human needs. They lived and worked in Rwanda for 8 of those years, before returning to take on leadership positions with Wildlife Conservation Society directing programs in Africa and North America.

Amy and Bill’s work has been featured in National Geographic and other media outlets. Their book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas, was called one of “the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing” by BBC Wildlife and selected as a “Best Science and Nature book” by National Public Radio.

Vedder and Weber currently teach graduate courses in conservation at Yale University’s School of the Environment. Their permanent home is in Johnsburg, NY where they enjoy hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and clear night skies.