Broadcast live on:

Wednesday 22 Apr 2020
  • free
  • 40 mins
  • 14-16, 16-18
This live broadcast has ended and is available to watch on catch up.

Free - Confronting extinction

Learn about the illegal wildlife trade and the different solutions being used to mitigate crimes against our planet in an effort to save biodiversity. The first live lesson for Earth Day welcomes a panel of distinguished experts and will be hosted by Bella Lack, British conservation youth activist

You will hear from the speakers about the illegal wildlife trade and their different approaches to saving critically endangered species, including through reproductive science, community conservation in Africa, and environmental filmmaking-reporting.

The speakers are:

  • Kate Brooks (USA) Award-Winning Filmmaker and Photographer     
  • Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt (Germany) Professor/Department Head, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) 
  • Dr. Paula Kahumbu (Kenya) Chief Executive Officer of Wildlife Direct, Order of the Grand Warrior Award
  • Dr. Sam Wasser (USA) Director, Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington
Part of: Earth Day Live

The best way to prepare for this live lesson is to watch The Last Animals Documentary. The film is available for streaming via GOOD DOCS. A 14-day license can be purchased either for a single household, a school or college. If you purchase a school license, you will be able to share the streaming link with up to 300 students or staff. Use the discount code 20%_OFF_EARTH DAY that has been generated for this event by the educational distributor.

The Last Animals documentary contains footage of wild animals in distress and dead animals. The documentary is rated 12 in the United Kingdom, meaning it is not suitable for children under the age of 12 without parental supervision.

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You can research more about the speakers using the speaker bio doc attached to this live lesson.

Session outline

1. Introduction (10 mins)

The live lesson will start with an introduction by the host, Bella Lack, who will explain the format of the live lesson, online house-keeping and then each of the panellists will introduce themselves. Bella will also talk about the importance of Earth Day on this 50th anniversary.

2. The illegal wildlife trade (10 mins)

Bella will then ask each of the panellists to describe briefly the illegal wildlife trade and how their work is helping to tackle it.

3. Q&A Session (20 mins)

Bella will then direct questions that have been submitted in advance and also those submitted live to the panel.



Bella Lack

Conservation Youth Advocate

Last Animals Speaker Brooks01

Kate Brooks

Filmmaker and Photographer  

Last Animals Speaker Thomas Hildebrandt

Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt

Professor, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Last Animals Speaker Dr Paula Kahumbu 2020

Dr Paula Kahumbu

Chief Executive Officer of Wildlife Direct

Last Animals Speaker Sam4

Dr. Sam Wasser

Director, Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington

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