The Denver Zoo, Conservation at the Movies, September 27, 2008

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September 27
First showing at noon and last showing begins at 7 p.m.
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2510 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206

Join Denver Zoo for a film festival like no other! The Wildlife Film Festival will include award winning nature films for families and adults.

Seating is limited and a free reserved ticket is needed to enter.

THEATER 1: Premier Cinema - Films for Adult Audiences:

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Noon   Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth

Northern Pakistan is the setting for this heart-warming tale of a man's quest to find and film the elusive snow leopard. In 2004, a team from the Planet Earth series came to these remote mountains near the Afghan border and filmed the first ever, intimate images of a wild snow leopard. For Nisar Malik, the Pakistani journalist who led the expedition, this shoot marked a turning point in his life: the images were not enough, he felt compelled to return and get to know this creature of legend. Together with cameraman Mark Smith, he spends two years documenting the snow leopard's daily life, finally lifting the veil on the most elusive of all cats.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Best of Festival, Best Editing, Best of Category: Human-Wildlife Interactions, Merit Award for Script, Merit Award for Cinematography, Merit Award for Music, Merit Award for Sound Design, Finalist

Lecture by Jennifer Snell Rullman, Conservation Program Director, and Charudutt Mishra, Science and Conservation Director, Snow Leopard Trust

A Closer Look at the Elusive Snow Leopard - The elusive and endangered Snow Leopard of Central and Southern Asia is one of the least known of the big cat species; rarely seen, living in some of the most harsh and remote mountain environments. Join Dr. Charu Misrha and Jennifer Snell Rullman from the Snow Leopard Trust as they share their intimate stories and first-hand accounts of working for the conservation of snow leopards. Dr. Mishra, Conservation and Science Director for the Snow Leopard Trust, is based in India and has been working with the Trust since 2000. He will introduce you to this majestic cat, the global issues facing their survival and the innovative conservation and research strategies being implemented by the Snow Leopard Trust to lead the way for it's survival in Asia. Jennifer Snell Rullman, Conservation Program Coordinator for the Snow Leopard Trust works out of the Seattle office. She will share intimate stories of how these conservation strategies are saving cats and alleviating poverty for herding families in these rarely visited regions of the world. Ms. Rullman will also share what has happened since the release of the film Snow Leopard Lair and explain how zoos around the world are helping the Trust understand and conserve these rare ghost cats.

1:45pm Saba and the Rhino's Secret

Famously bad tempered, myopic, and solitary, the black rhino has a daunting reputation. Its common reflex on encountering danger is to charge. Over the last century, the black rhino has been poached to the brink of extinction for its horn and today less than 3,000 remain in all of Africa. Little understood, difficult to study, feared, and vilified, the private life of rhinos has remained an enigma-until now.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Best of Category: Presenter/Host, Merit Award for Night Cinematography, Finalist

3pm    A Seal's Life: The Story of the Northern Elephant Seal

For hundreds of thousands of years, an extraordinary journey has taken place in the sea. Twice a year along the west coast of North America, elephant seals set out alone on a nearly impossible roundtrip migration across the vast expanse of the North Pacific. For months they remain at sea, swimming thousands of miles while diving relentlessly to unimaginable depths in search of food. By journey's end, they'll have traveled farther in a year than any other mammal on Earth. From the rugged, wave-swept shorelines of Northern California to the cold dark depths of the North Pacific, this is the incredible story of one of the greatest migratory marine mammals ever to inhabit the sea, a remarkable creature living a life of extremes and their species' never-ending struggle for survival.


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4:30pm  A Seal's Life: The Story of the Northern Elephant Seal (See description above)

5:45pm  Saba and the Rhino's Secret (See description above)

7pm  Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth (See description above)

Lecture by Jennifer Snell Rullman, Conservation Program Director, and Charudutt Mishra, Science and Conservation Director, Snow Leopard Trust

A Closer Look at the Elusive Snow Leopard - The elusive and endangered Snow Leopard of Central and Southern Asia is one of the least known of the big cat species; rarely seen, living in some of the most harsh and remote mountain environments. Join Dr. Charu Misrha and Jennifer Snell Rullman from the Snow Leopard Trust as they share their intimate stories and first-hand accounts of working for the conservation of snow leopards. Dr. Mishra, Conservation and Science Director for the Snow Leopard Trust, is based in India and has been working with the Trust since 2000. He will introduce you to this majestic cat, the global issues facing their survival and the innovative conservation and research strategies being implemented by the Snow Leopard Trust to lead the way for it's survival in Asia. Jennifer Snell Rullman, Conservation Program Coordinator for the Snow Leopard Trust works out of the Seattle office. She will share intimate stories of how these conservation strategies are saving cats and alleviating poverty for herding families in these rarely visited regions of the world. Ms. Rullman will also share what has happened since the release of the film Snow Leopard Lair and explain how zoos around the world are helping the Trust understand and conserve these rare ghost cats.

THEATER 2: Screening Cinema - Films for Adult Audiences:

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12pm   The Last Trimate

The Last Trimate is a compelling account of the work of Birute Mary Galdikas, who alongside Jan Goodall and Dian Fossey, is one of three formidable women to have dedicated their lives to the great apes of the world. The film chronicles her lifelong fight to save the diminishing rainforest, home of Indonesia's wild orangutans. Narrated by Mel Gibson.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Special Jury Award, Best of Category: Newcomer, Merit Award for Conservation Message, Merit Award for Editing, Finalist

Lecture by Michael and Wayne Sowards of the Orangutan Conservancy

1:45pm  The Curse of Copper

Canada is the biggest investor in global mining, and Vancouver's Ascendant Copper Corporation plans to open a mine in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, one of the world's most threatened biodiversity hotspots. According to local citizens, the mine would destroy the precious ecosystem and livelihoods. Already, concerned citizens face death threats, physical and mental intimidation, and an atmosphere of fear. 'The Curse of Copper' follows the battle between a profit-driven company and villagers who simply want to maintain their life and ancient home. Featuring Carlos Zorilla, 2008 recipient of the Denver Zoological Foundation Conservation Award.

2007 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Best Independent, Merit Award for Use of Music    

A Green Agony

In an idyllic corner of the Bay of Bengal, where rivers meet the ocean, lies a labyrinthine maze of a world that obeys no boundaries. A world that has long defied all descriptions and set its own rules, but one gradually vanishing under the burden of an industrialized world. A Green Agony explores the unique ecosystem of the Sundarbans, and analyses the impact of global climate change on the inhabitants of the region: man, mangroves, and wildlife.

3pm     Crash

For many decades, human have harvested the horseshoe crab for use as fishing bait. Since the 1970s, horseshoe crab blood has been used for medical purposes. But now we may have gone too far. Horseshoe crab numbers have declined significantly and, naturally, so have their egg numbers. This is especially important to a small shorebird that is a global traveler of the most impressive kind. The red knot makes one of the longest migrations of any animal-a journey that takes it from one end of the earth to the other. To accomplish this feat, it relies on the eggs of the horseshoe crab. Without those eggs, the red knot is in danger.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Sapphire Award (Second Place), Best Script, Best of Category: Conservation & Environmental Issue, Merit Award for Editing, Merit Award for Narration, Finalist


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4:30pm Crash (See description above)

5:45pm  The Curse of Copper (See description above) A Green Agony (See description above)

7pm  The Last Trimate (See description above)

Lecture by Michael and Wayne Sowards of the Orangutan Conservancy

 

THEATER 3: Bistro Cinema - Films for Families:

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12pm   Saving Planet Earth: Cheetahs

CBBC launched a nationwide competition to find a group of children who care passionately about wildlife, giving them the chance to become part of the Saving Planet Earth Challenge Team. The seven lucky winners travel to far-flung corners of the world, spending two weeks in the wild with their favorite animals and reporting on the plights of some of our most endangered species. Adesh Sundarasan, aged 11, from Buckinghamshire, travels to South Africa to look at the plight of the cheetah.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Best of Category: Children's Series, Finalist


1pm     Small Talk Diaries: Changelings

Changing your appearance doesn't change who you are, but might help you make friends. Some very ugly insects talk us through the tricky business of shedding their skin to become something utterly different and spectacular, proving that beauty is often no more than skin deep.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award for Creative Approach, Finalist

Small Talk Diaries: Pollinators

Plants once made a deal with insects, "we'll provide shelter, nectar, and pollen if you'll carry our pollen so we can make seeds and thrive." Mostly, it does work that way, but there is cheating on both sides. The gentle bumblebee shows us how pollination works, and takes us on a tour among some stunning flowers, then back to her nest where she shows us her family and her honey pots. The honeybee shows us how to industrialize the process for greater efficiency, and the bee orchids show us how to beat the system.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Merit Award for Cinematography, Merit Award for Creative Approach, Merit Award for Educational Value, Finalist

2pm     Extreme Animals: Sports Stars

On your mark, get set, go! Extreme Animals are off! Today it's the turn of the animal sports stars, all competing to become your favorite and earn their gold prize: a place in the Extreme Animals grand final! From super speedy cheetahs on the plains of Africa to tree-top gymnastics from a troop of Asian gibbons, to a surprisingly stinky weightlifter, and squirrels that fly. This is the animal Olympics and you are the judges.

2008 International Wildlife Film Festival Awards: Best of Category: Children's Program, Best Educational Value, Merit Award for Editing, Finalist

3pm     Saving Planet Earth: Cheetahs (See description above)

4pm     Small Talk Diaries: Changelings and Small Talk Diaries: Pollinators
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5pm     Extreme Animals: Sports Stars (See description above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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