Fran Hill, co-founder of the Town Square Community Center, will serve as president. Nick Vandervelde, entrepreneur with a background in finance, will serve as vice president. Phil Burkart, co-founder of the Town Square Community center, will serve as treasurer. Evelyn Galster, administrator of the Freeland Foundation, will serve as secretary. Mary-Jo Johnson, co-founder of Green Lake Renewal, will serve as past president.
In her film “The Last Animals,” photographer turned filmmaker Kate Brooks traces the deadly trade of illegally poached rhino horn and elephant ivory across four continents, traveling from protected areas in Africa to wildlife markets in Asia and North America in order to illustrate the complex web of global consumer demand, transnational criminal syndicates and the local conflicts and political problems that contribute to the current poaching epidemic. Along the way, Brooks also meets with investigators, scientists, zookeepers and rangers engaged in an all-too-often life threatening struggle to preserve the last remaining elephants and rhinos.