“Sunset to Sunrise: Sustainable Living in Ndeiya” was directed by Leaman-Miller and Elizabeth Derstine, a junior communication and English writing major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.“Culture and Community: The Maasai Shift to Settled Life” was directed by Abby Deaton, a senior communication major from Indianapolis. Read about the new Film Production Major offered at Goshen College These films document the work of two self-help community projects based on innovative sustainable farming and water security.The study, which brings together SCBI’s Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian’s Global Health Program, Kenya Wildlife Services, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Northern Rangelands Turst, The Nature Conservancy, Loisaba Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Senckenberg Bi K-F and San Diego Zoo Global, will help answer questions researchers have never been able to properly answer before. And how might this disease interact with other threats, such as habitat loss, climate change and localized poaching?Ultimately, the interdisciplinary work could help conservationists better understand why giraffes are in rapid decline and how best to save them from extinction, say David O’Connor, who works closely with SCBI’s Conservation Ecology Center in his role at the San Diego Zoo Global; and Suzan Murray, program director of the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program.His previous research also tracked different animals’ grazing patterns.From that research – recently published in the journal “Ecology” – he and his team found that smaller animals preferred the fresh re-growth that sprouted after the burns took place, and larger animals continued to graze mostly in unburned territories.“Working in Laikipia, Kenya, affords us the opportunity to wrestle with how to do conservation of wildlife, while simultaneously working to address needs in the local human community.” Sensenig’s previous research included conducting burns in different ranches in Laikipia.Fire is a natural part of savanna ecosystems, as it removes old plant parts and allows young, tender plants to grow.
Our knowledgable, personable and enthusiastic guide Jackson took us to the deep south of the Mara Triangle where we were surrounded by herds of wildebeest.Calling all party animals to join fellow Zoo patrons for some Monkey Business, a non-traditional gala to benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in partnership with Friends of the National Zoo.Despite their ever-so-long necks, giraffes have historically not made for good candidates for GPS tracking.We were on game drive from sunrise to sunset - 13 and a half hours.We were rewarded with superb sightings of all three big cats: Leopard, Lion and Cheetah. While Carel and Stuart went on a morning game drive with wildlife photographer Lou Coetzer, Andre spent the morning enjoying Kichwa Tembo's peaceful and relaxing setting.