MCLUS E Newsletter November 2007

Children’s Eternal Rainforest Receives UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Designation

Rainforest Stream in Costa Rica
Photo by Dale Morris

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, fondly known as the BEN, (Bosque Eterno de los Niños) has been included as part of a new Biosphere Reserve in Costa Rica under UNESCO and given the name of “Agua y Paz.” The BEN is one of the core areas of the 916 hectare (2300 acres) Biosphere Reserve adopted in Paris on September 19, 2007 by a unanimous vote.

MCLUS Namibia Trip in October a Success

Namibia Trip in October
Photo by Gay Townsend

The first MCLUS trip outside of Costa Rica recently returned from Namibia. Fifteen travelers accompanied Rachel Crandell on a journey that focused on conservation in Africa. We were treated to sightings of southern right whales, bottle-nosed dolphins, Cape fur seals and endemic Benguela dolphins in Walvis Bay while we learned about the sustainable harvest of oysters and guano there. Grootberg Lodge in the Damara Desert is a community-operated lodge built and run by local people as part of sustainable development. We donated school supplies and money to an AIDS “orphanage” on our way to Etosha National Park. As it was the end of the dry season, vast numbers of wildlife congregated at the waterholes and made for spectacular photo opportunities. We saw 83 elephants, 35 lions and scores of giraffe, warthogs, rhino, ostrich, thousands of springbok, and zebra, kudu, wildebeest, impala, gemsbok, dik dik, hartebeest, and one leopard. We tented at the Cheetah Conservation site and were treated to a close encounter with cheetahs on the run. Cape Griffon Vultures are among the most endangered of Namibia’s birds. We learned about their importance and plight, as well as the efforts to save them. Baboons were everywhere! A visit to a Himba village gave us a peek into the traditional culture of these indigenous people of the Kaokoveld.

New Intern

Gay Townsend joins MCLUS as volunteer intern helping with a multitude of tasks while earning her degree in Environmental Studies. We are grateful for her willing hands as she learns the ins-and-outs of running a nonprofit conservation organization.

Rachel’s Trip and Presentations to Schools and Friends

September 15 and 16 Greentree Fesitval in Kirkwood, MO
October 1 Principia Upper School Spanish Classes in St Louis, MO
October 2 Delta Kappa Gamma slide presentation about the BEN in Clayton, MO
October 9-22 Namibia trip in Africa
November 4 Emberá Indian slide show to raise $ for publication of their stories in Clayton, MO
November 8 Conservation Forum, St Louis Zoo
November 9 Emberá slide show in Manchester, MO
November 9 Kirkwood Middle School classes in Kirkwood, MO
November 10 Principia Art/Craft Fair exhibiting Emberá art, St Louis, MO
November 13 Parent’s Meeting Kirkwood MS in Kirkwood, MO
November 15 Dean’s Meeting Principia Upper School in St Louis, MO
November 15 Emberá slide show Emberá slide show in Chesterfield, MO
November 18 Emberá slide show in Wildwood, MO
November 30 Emberá slide show in Town and Country, MO
December 1 Emberá shows in Ballwin, Olivette and Town and Country, MO
December 3 Emberá slide show in Manchester, MO

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