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Published on May 30, 2012
Pacific Currents host Steve Johnson interviews guest Zara McDonald about mountain lion conservation (episode #229). Zara is Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, helping to protect the world's 37 felidae species and their habitats through a combination of pioneering research, compelling education and state-of-the-art technology. This can be achieved collectively with utmost collaboration between scientists, educators, international communities, and lawmakers. By helping people understand the critical role these animals play in their particular ecosystems and the challenges they face, our hope is that we can preserve habitats, stave off further extinctions, and promote healthy ways for humans and wild cats to co-exist. We team up with world-class researchers, and supply education, outreach, strategy, funding, media, field support and assistance with logistics and planning. Through our innovative education programs we serve as a conduit for sharing the results of these studies with the public in a way that's engaging and inspiring. Children play a vital role in the future of our natural world, and therefore we provide opportunities for kids to become involved at any age. We work with youth volunteers from the 5th grade through high school and we bring in college interns to provide them an experience where they learn the world of wild cat research, education and conservation. Our interns become skilled field workers and advocates.
Special Thanks To: Packard Foundation Disney Worldwide Conservation Patagonia, Inc National Geographic Society East Bay Regional Parks District Audubon Canyon Ranch, Oakland Zoo Big Sur Land Trust UC Davis Road Ecology Center UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, Stanford Univ. Cal Poly, CAL Trans CA Dept of Fish and Game CCWD, SFPUC, East Bay MUD Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma Ecology Center Napa Land Trust, Connectivity for Wildlife Academy of Science, California State Parks National Park Service, San Francisco Zoo Earthfriends Wildlife Foundation Jewish Community Foundation Flat Creek Fund PG Museum of Natural History
Guest: Zara McDonald Host: Steve Johnson Producer: Eric Mayrand Production Supervisor: Jason Francisco Director: Alan Vasilkovsky Technical Director: Colton Coate Media Coordination: Ally Nauer and Michael Land Lighting & Studio Engineer/VTO: Jason Francisco Timer: Alwin Szeto Shot Loggers: Dexter Ho and Michael Land Audio Engineer: James Parsons Camera Operators: Christie Hernandez, John Tompkins and Sophia Wu Editor: Eric Mayrand PCT Operations: Jason Francisco PCT Broadcasting: Katie Lee Outro Music: San Francisco School Of The Arts Latin Band "Tutu Tata" by Eddie Palmieri