DawnWatch: NY Times column on ecotourism in Africa — 9/26/06

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 26, 2006 3:39 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times column on ecotourism in Africa — 9/26/06

The Tuesday, September 26, New York Times includes an column by Nicolas Kristof, headed “Where Gorillas and the Antelope Play.” (P A23)

It tells us that the Central African Republic, Cameroon and the Congo Republic, have joined forces, “establishing adjoining national parks that cover an area the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.”

We read:

“It’s part of a growing trend that deserves strong support from the West: poor countries seeking economic opportunities by protecting nature rather than pillaging it.”

And:

“Yet if the gorillas can lure rich Westerners here, ecotourism could become a more sustainable economic pillar than slash-and-burn logging.”

The column is available only to New York TimesSelect subscribers (newspaper subscribers can upgrade to Timesselect for free) on line here.

Others in the US can check out a hard copy at your local newsstand or coffee shop.

Supportive letters can be sent to letters [at] nytimes.com

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be published.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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DawnWatch: Terrific WBUR piece on Thai elephant torture and sanctuary — 6/30 but on line now

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 9, 2006 6:29 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Terrific WBUR piece on Thai elephant torture and sanctuary — 6/30 but on line now

Though it aired on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR, over a week ago, on Friday June 30 (and unfortunately got lost over my July 4 long weekend) I wanted to make sure people got a chance to hear Christina Russo’s terrific report on an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, run by an activist named Lek, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s Asian heroes of 2005.

You can listen to the show on line at http://www.wbur.org/news/2006/59106_20060630.asp and also view 24 wonderful photos from Russo’s trip to the sanctuary — click on “Elephant Nature Park Photos.”

The story tells us that though wild elephants in Thailand are protected, the 2,000 domesticated elephants there have no protection. Most work in tourism at elephant tourist camps, giving rides or performing.

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