RIEL Special Seminar: Wildlife Conservation: In the Belly of the Beast

RIEL Special Seminar: Wildlife Conservation: In the Belly of the Beast

Fri, 21/03/2014 - 11:30

About the Presenter

Wildlife Conservation:

In the Belly of the Beast

Presented by Professor Grahame Webb 

Friday 21 March 2014
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Building Blue 1.1.01

Charles Darwin University

The lecture will be followed by nibbles plus book signing
(book available for purchase - cash and credit cards only)

Come and join us to hear RIEL Adjunct Professor Grahame Webb   (PhD DSc) discuss his new book Wildlife Conservation: in the Belly of the Beast in a special RIEL seminar.


Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Building Red Blue 1.1.01
Casuarina NT 0810

A global authority on crocodile research and management, Grahame Webb began researching crocodiles in 1970. He received his PhD in 1973, and in 1978 established the independent wildlife management and research consulting company, Wildlife Management International. The company is now based at Crocodylus Park, the Darwin crocodile farm, research and education centre run by Professor Webb and his wife Giovanna.  Grahame is also Chairman of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group and has an enormous depth of experience with the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

This book condenses Grahame's 40 years of experience with crocodile management, the development of the NT’s pioneering and world-leading approach to crocodile management, the problematic implementation of well-intentioned global conservation mechanisms like CITES, his unique take on the evolution of sustainable use of wildlife as a valid and effective conservation strategy, and his thoughts on conservation policy and programs more broadly.  

CDU Press has done a great job with the production values of this book, which has many outstanding colour photographs and is liberally sprinkled with Grahame’s own cartoons, doodled during countless international meetings over many years.  Like all good political cartoons, Webby’s drawings rarely flatter their subjects, but invariably contain more than a grain of truth in skewering hypocrisy, illogicality and rank stupidity with well-targeted humour.  Members of Australian delegations to CITES or the International Whaling Commission may well recognise themselves in cartoons or text, and Grahame does not hold back in his critiques of people, policies and programs.  

Grahame is well known to many people at CDU, across northern Australia, and in crocodilian research and management globally. He was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor at CDU in 2000, and has provided an enormous amount of  in-kind support, technical advice and mentoring over many years to CDU students, lecturers and researchers.  CDU awarded Grahame an honorary Doctor of Science degree at our October 2013 graduation ceremony, in recognition for his world-leading crocodile research and contribution to wildlife conservation.

For all students of conservation policy, and anyone interested in crocs, this book and Friday's seminar will offer a colourful, insightful and perceptive journey through 40 years of wildlife research, management and policy.  The CDU bookshop will have books available for sale and Grahame will be on hand to sign copies of what is a distinctive contribution to conservation policy in Australia.

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