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Go to the profile of Shannon Moore
5 months ago

Hi Molly! 

Do you know Dr. Amanda Stronza and the org Ecoexist? They work in mostly the Okavango area on human-elephant coexistence / reducing conflict. I worked with her several years ago. Great project and made me think of your example!

Shannon Moore

Go to the profile of Molly Maloy
5 months ago

Hi Shannon, 

No I never met Dr. Stronza but I have heard of Ecoexist.  We didn't work that far north, our work focused in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and in South West Bostwana.  But thank you for the reminder of the great work being done by others in Botswana.  Did you work with Ecoexist at all?

Go to the profile of Shannon Moore
5 months ago

Botswana seems to be doing so many things right (or trying to!). No, I didn't work for Ecoexist. Amanda was a board member of a small group I used to work for (based in Ft. Collins) and she came on one of our student expeditions that I was leading in Cambodia. 

The world is a tiny place ;)

Hey Molly! Very interested in the line of work you're in. I'm curious to know what species you focus on and what key takeaways you might have for someone looking to get more into human-wildlife interactions.

Thanks! See you in class!

Go to the profile of Molly Maloy
5 months ago

Hi Alejandro, 

We primarily focused on carnivores and vultures.  Human-carnivore conflict among ranchers and farmers and then the vulture crisis as a result of that conflict.  Maybe we could set up a Zoom call some time to chat more, so much more to share and maybe too much to put into a single post.  However, my advice for anyone looking to be integrated into more into human-wildlife interactions, I would recommend on building your capacity in the social sciences, especially in the field of Human Dimensions.  Also, have you heard of the Center for Conservation Peace Building?  This organization is led by Francine Madden who is the leader in Conservation Conflict Transformation and they are offering online trainings right now.  These trainings are critical to understanding people, conflict, the roots of conflict, how that conflict can manifest into interactions with wildlife and what are some tools and techniques for transforming that conflict into opportunities.  I would suggest you start in those places.  I teach a graduate course in Human Dimensions and would be happy to share resources. :)  See you in class next week!