Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is a veterinarian and Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a non-profit organization based in Uganda and dedicated to the coexistence of endangered mountain gorillas, other wildlife, humans, and livestock in Africa. Interested in animals since the age of 12, Gladys started a wildlife club at her school and organized trips to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. She was Uganda's first wildlife veterinarian and the star of the BBC documentary, "Gladys the African Vet." In 2009, she won the Whitley Gold Award, the top prize awarded in what has been considered as the "Green Oscars" for her conservation work. In February 2013, CCTV News: Faces of Africa featured CTPH in a documentary entitled "Gorilla In Our Midst," available to watch now at www.ctph.org.
"Education is key to ensuring the survival of wildlife and fragile ecosystems for future generations. I believe that Primate Education Network will inspire conservation action. After setting up a wildlife club in my secondary school, I was inspired to become a veterinarian to work with wildlife and set up the veterinary unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority."
Lou Ann Dietz
Lou Ann Dietz has an Ed.S. in Educational Systems Development and a long history of helping conservation practitioners. In 1983, she began working in Brazil with a team of biologists, protected area managers, and community leaders to develop an education component of the golden lion tamarin conservation program. This program continues today and is coordinated by the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), a Brazilian NGO Lou Ann helped to found. As World Wildlife Fund’s Brazil Program Officer for 16 years, Lou Ann pioneered the integration of both social and biological sciences to develop solutions to complex conservation problems. Lou Ann currently serves on AMLD’s Board of Directors and is an independent consultant, training and coaching conservation practitioners in the application of the Conservation Measures Partnership's Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. Before joining PEN's Advisory Board, she was nominated as our April 2013 Educator of the Month.
“Because of the fascination we humans have for our fellow primates, they can serve as powerful flagships for mobilizing public support and actions for conservation of tropical forests. Strategically developed education strategies focusing on primates can thus reduce the threats to these forests. PEN is an excellent way for educators around the world to share tools developed and lessons learned to maximize their programs’ impact for conservation of tropical forest ecosystems.”
Edy Hendras Wahyono
Edy Hendras Wahyono received his B.Sc. in Biology from the Fakultas Biologi Unoversitas Nasional in Jakarta, Java. He has been involved in primate conservation since the early 1980s and has experience working with various organizations in Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, where he developed many teacher guides, storybooks, and conservation education games and modules. He is currently the Director of Nature Conservation Education Foundation and serves as a Trainer for the Orangutan Foundation International.
“For primate conservation to be successful, we need to educate and engage schoolchildren and communities. My experience is that many people here in Indonesia are still unaware of the vital role that primates play in forest regeneration. Through educational programs, we hope they will come to understand and appreciate that the forests need primates and primates need the forests.”
Anne Warner is Principal at Conservation Strategies, a consulting business dedicated to giving clients the right support to expand their conservation impact. From facilitating stakeholder workshops to finding the best match in field projects, she works to turn goals into reality. Before launching Conservation Strategies, Anne served as Interim Executive Director for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance and led conservation and education efforts for the Oakland and Oregon Zoos. In each of those institutions, she brought a special advocacy for primates. Her many responsibilities included providing international teacher training workshops and education program development. Her passion stems from the conviction that zoos and aquariums are key partners for saving wildlife. Developing effective partnerships with field conservation work is key to contributing to the long-term survival of species in the wild.
"Primates are endlessly fascinating. As our closest living relatives, monkeys and apes hold a special appeal for humans. Educators, especially in range countries, have a terrific responsibility and opportunity to engage people in conservation behavior and increase understanding of why and how we need to protect primates. PEN brings together resources that give educators tools to do that important work. I am delighted to be part of this effort."
Amy Hanna Downey
Amy Hanna Downey has been involved in conservation education for over a decade. With a master's degree in Education and experience working as a Zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, she brings a unique combination of experiences into classrooms in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2006, Amy has taught children and trained education staff in Africa with various organizations, including the Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Zambia and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Uganda. Amy was the Field Director and Conservation Educator with the Kasiisi Project/Kibale Forest Schools Program. She also served as a Project Supervisor with the University of New Hampshire for scientific research within the Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park Corridor in Uganda.
"Conservation education plays an important role in raising awareness about the natural places and wildlife where communities live. In many cases, primates are endangered species that are found in areas with rich ecosystems and high biodiversity. By focusing on the protection of primates, who are closely related to humans, through conservation education in local communities, there is hope for the successful protection of entire ecosystems."
Maryll Moon is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) who raised grants and donations for environmental and advocacy organizations for 20 years in Washington, D.C. before taking her current position on the fundraising staff of a community hospital in Aurora, Illinois. A native of Aurora, Maryll received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Harvard University. Her professional memberships include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Grant Professionals Association, and the West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
"In primate education, like in every other field of endeavor, we can achieve so much more working collaboratively than in isolation. So many people, dedicating their lives to saving species through conservation education, will see their work enriched and multiplied through the synergism that grows out of PEN."