Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
The 3rd Annual Wildlife Conservation Film Festival takes place in New York next week from Wednesday 30th January to Saturday 2nd February, 2013. The films shown will be highlighting some of the current conservation issues and programs in action around the globe and feature jaguars, whales, sloths, tigers, sea turtles, elephants, sharks, giant otters and much more.
Here are our Amazon Rainforest highlights to watch out for:
Thursday, January 31: Theme: Big Cats
My Pantanal is a film about a boy named Aerenilso who lives on a ranch in the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland located in Brazil. Aerenilso show us what it is like to be a Pantanero (cowboy), riding his horse and exploring this incredible landscape that is teeming with wildlife, including the jaguar. Aerenilso lives on a conservation ranch where the cowboys and biologists are working together to show that ranching and jaguars can co-exist in the Pantanal.
Saturday, February 2: Theme: South America: Sloths, Tamarins, & The Amazon
Meet the Sloths
In a sleepy corner of Costa Rica near the town of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast near the border of Panama there’s a very peculiar sanctuary. The only one in the world devoted to saving orphaned and injured sloths. Filmed over the course of the year, Meet the Slothsis a humorous documentary following a handful of the resident sloths – a surprising soap opera of love, loss and lust. The film begins in spring and the sanctuary is bursting with adorably cute orphaned baby sloths. The staff, led by sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo, must try and teach these babies how to be a sloth. The whimsical style, produced and directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Lucy Cooke, takes you inside the mind of one of the planet’s most enigmatic creatures and reveals the secrets behind the sloth’s smile.
Amazon Alive-Part 1: Jungle of the Mind
This is the story of how we have struggled to make sense of the enormity and complexity of the Amazon rainforest. Using key animals such as jaguar, leaf-cutting ant, giant otter and the fresh water stingray, this documentary shows how humans have turned past fears of the hostile and impenetrable jungle into an understanding of its unrivalled biodiversity. We discover that the forest is not just the result of millions of years of evolution. Its richness stems from struggle, upheaval and a remarkable event, the up-lift of the Andes, which changed the course of the Amazon River itself.
Tip: Don’t miss the chance to chat to Rhett Butler, the Co-Founder of Tropical Conservation Science and the Tropical Forest Network; Founder, President and Editor-In-Chief of Mongabay in the Q & A session!
For tickets and more information about the event and the films on show please visit wcff.org.
Proceeds from the event will go to the EcoHealth Alliance, an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity.