Voices of Nature is a podcast presented by the Global Conservation Corps and hosted by Bob Ludke, dedicated to sharing the voices of innovative, passionate leaders committed to saving and protecting the world’s most threatened natural resources.
By creating this podcast Global Conversation Corps not only wants to showcase the amazing work of people who have dedicated their lives to living and working in some of the most challenging places in the world but also exploring solutions that all of us can be part of in an effort to protect wildlife and the ecosystems that all of us depend on for healthy, prosperous lives.
22. RHINO MAN Behind the Scenes With the Rangers and Filmmakers
In this episode we speak with some of the filmmakers and lead characters in the Global Conservation Corps documentary film, RHINO MAN. The movie is about the South African field rangers who risk their lives to protect the rhinos from poachers. John Jurko II and Matt Lindenberg have been working on the film for the last 6 years. The main storylines they follow are those of Sergeant Anton Mzimba of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as he protects the reserve from threats, and Ruben De Kock as he takes a class of 41 candidates through a ranger selection program at the Southern African Wildlife College.
During this conversation we hear some of the trials and tribulations of the filmmaking process, but we mainly focus on Anton and Ruben’s stories and why rangers are so important to maintaining biodiversity in these protected areas. Anton also does a great job describing why and how reserves need to engage and work with surrounding communities to make sure they can benefit from the resources within. Rangers are the front line of conservation, but it will take a holistic approach to make real change.
21. Greta Matos and How Nature Helps Us Become Better Humans
In this episode, we turn our conversation about nature on its head from previous episodes. As always, we will explore what humans can – and must – do for nature. But we also will discuss what nature can do for us as human beings and how a closer relationship with nature makes us better people, better leaders, and better stewards of precious resources for future generations. Our guest Greta Matos lives in the south of Chile and is the Co-Founder and Director of Vision and Impact at CuraKuda.
20. Andrea Heydlauff on Why Protecting Nature Fosters Human Development
In this episode we speak with Andrea Heydlauff, the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for African Parks Network.
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities across Africa. It manages 19 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.7 million hectares.
Andrea has written and co-authored numerous scientific and popular publications on conservation, has spoken widely at conferences and is an award-winning filmmaker.
Her interests lie heavily in human dimensions, community engagement, education, media and creative storytelling – topics we explore in detail during this episode of Voices of Nature.
19. Steve McCormick and Assigning Value to Nature
Steve is a Venture Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, supporting a number of its portfolio organizations as a board member.
He is the co-founder of Earth Genome – its work will be part of our conversation today and something we will turn to in a few minutes. Prior to starting Earth Genome Steve served as President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and led the Foundation through the development of new strategies in a number of programs, including Environmental Conservation.
Before leading the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Steve worked at The Nature Conservancy for 32 years, the last 6 as its President and CEO. Steve has served on the boards of the California Academy of Sciences, Sustainable Conservation, U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources, and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation. Perhaps most impressive is that Steve has been on the forefront of treating nature as an asset vital to the health and well-being of every one of us. That is a topic that we have touched on in previous episodes of Voices of Nature but today we will explore it much more deeply.
18. Lindsay Gordon on Eliminating Plastic from Our Oceans
In this episode we speak with Lindsay Gordon, marine conservationist working at the nexus of humans and oceans, and the Head of Global Campaigns of Parley for the Oceans – a global network where creators, thinkers and leaders raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction. A particular focus of Parley for the Oceans is preventing and significantly reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans.
17. A Journey into the World of Small Cats with Wai-Ming Wong
In this episode we talk with Wai-Ming Wong, the director of the Small Cats Program at Panthera.
There are 40 recognized species of wild cats in the world. Most people are familiar with the big and medium-sized species - such as lions and tigers - very few can name the 33 smaller cats. Panthera’s Small Cats Program is focused on bringing the increasingly threatened small cat species to the world’s attention and enact science-based conservation action on their behalf.
Ming is a conservation biologist by training and his work has taken him from Zimbabwe to Thailand to Sumatra. His work touches on topics such as the impacts of deforestation on wildlife and ecosystems, conflict between humans and wildlife and how technology increasingly is being used to protect wildlife.
Saving our planet one word at a time
Filled with passion, empathy and understanding, this podcast gives our planet a voice. Bob and his guests bring amazing stories and experiences to life about our interconnected and fragile ecosystem. This is a must-listen-to podcast for all.
A voice for nature!
It is so encouraging to hear these stories of how people and nature must work together for the future of our world. I cannot wait to hear the next episode and thank you guys so much for creating this amazing content! We all have a story to tell about how nature is important and impactful in our life!
Save our endangered animal
Amazing stories about the efforts across continents to save our wildlife. But even more impressive is the attention that is focused on engaging young people to become involved with this program. Enjoyed every minute of the stories and looking forward to more.