Talk: Why Conservation Matters (Even If Animals Don't Matter to You)

Date : 24 Apr 2019
Time : 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Location : Gallery Room, Level 6, Sky Park, Singapore Sustainability Academy, City Square Mall

SSA Address:
Skypark, Level 6, City Square Mall,
180 Kitchener Road,
Singapore 208539

Open to the Public - Registration Needed

Modern medicine has been with us roughly one hundred years, but evolution has been at work since life began 3.5 billion years ago. Every time we lose a species, we lose something that may affect or potentially benefit us. Even if animals and wild spaces don’t appeal to you, their preservation absolutely should. There will be two thrusts in Peter Allison’s talk. Firstly, how you can be a conservationist and have fun at the same time. Secondly, why conservation matters even if you aren’t interested in animals with a focus around discoveries that are still being made about animals that can have medical or material benefits for us. Examples include the incredible work being done on how elephants avoid cancer, a recent discovery based on dragonfly wings that could create natural anti-bacterial wipes and also how butterflies may hold the clue to invisibility. Though modern medicine have been around for about one hundred years, evolution has been at work for millions of years so there is much we can learn from nature. This talk is organised by Nature Society (Singapore) and A2A Safaris.

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm


Gallery Room, Level 6, Sky Park, Singapore Sustainability Academy, City Square Mall


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About the Speaker
Peter’s career began in 1994 in South Africa’s well known Sabi-Sands game reserve. Trained by a legendary group of guides he was always set a high bench mark for what a guide should be. By 1996 he was already looking for wilder challenges and moved north, to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Here he joined the likes of Colin Bell (the founder of Wilderness Safaris) and found a place he still thinks of as home, even when he lives somewhere else). After several years guiding at the famous Mombo camp, Peter became a guide trainer, before setting off again and spending time in some of Namibia’s most remote regions leading guests. 

In 2007 Peter released a book of campfire stories of his adventures and misadventures in the bush, titled ‘Whatever You Do, Don’t Run’. This went on to be a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and inspired two follow up books, ‘Don’t Look Behind You’ (more tales from Africa) and ‘How To Walk a Puma’ (detailing his two years of wandering in South America).

While devoted to conservation Peter also has a keen sense of humour and thinks that there is little better than relaxing around a fire after a day’s safari and swapping stories from his home and yours.

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