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Volume VI Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2000
In a country where nature is under siege he's taken on an ambitious challenge - to forge a new model for conserving Africa's vanishing wildlife.
Dr. Tom DeMaar left his conventional veterinary practice in the United States to take on a daunting task, treating everything from "baby baboons to ailing elephants." He does this in Ol Jogi, a privately owned and carefully protected private estate in Africa. Dr. DeMaar operates one of the best veterinary clinics in Africa. Ol Jogi contains the second largest number of free ranging animals in Africa, with hundreds of different animal species. This video shows how Dr. DeMaar does this, as well as why his work is important. Monitoring and researching the health of wildlife in a natural environment is a relatively new idea. Dr. DeMaar also acts as an educator. The use of animals like Rafiki, a white rhino, helps make an impression on people who may help determine the fate of his species.
Several scenes might merit previewing before showing this video to a class. The food chain is amply demonstrated with a leopard and gazelle; the horrors of the ivory trade are portrayed by the carcass of a slain elephant; and a field autopsy might upset younger viewers. Overall, this video serves an incredibly positive picture of conservation and research. Students will enjoy the stunning photography of several different species and find that Dr. DeMaar makes an excellent role model. This video is an excellent addition to a fine series.
Betsy Fraser is a librarian with Calgary Public Library.
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