Dr. Amy Vedder, a well-recognized global expert in conservation, who is now Senior Vice President of The Wilderness Society, will be presenting. Dr. Vedder will describe her groundbreaking work with mountain gorillas and the lessons she learned – both professional and personal – from this experience.
Building on this background, Dr. Vedder will discuss how these lessons pertain to saving wildlife and wild lands in the U.S., and how we, too, can rise to the growing challenges confronting conservation in our own American backyard. Dr. Vedder’s work is featured in the newly released and updated book In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas, co-authored with her husband, Bill Weber. The book will be for sale and signing by the authors following the talk.
“In the Kingdom of Gorillas” introduces readers to entire families of mountain gorillas, from powerful silverback patriarchs to helpless newborn infants. Weber and Vedder take you through the rain-soaked mountain forests, observing the gorillas at rest and at play. Today, the population of mountain gorillas is the highest it has been since the 1960s, and there is new hope for the species’ fragile future even as the people of Rwanda strive to overcome ethnic and political differences.
The event will be in the PACCAR Auditorium at Woodland Park Zoo, located at the South Entrance at N 50th St & Fremont Ave N. Parking is free after 4 p.m.