Talking Naturally is expanding and developing some exciting, new ideas. One of the areas that we are particularly excited about is working with ‘partners’ [see About TN 'Partners Project']. We want Talking Naturally to be a hub for conservationists globally and we want to work with ‘partners’ who are equally passionate about inspiring people about the natural world. We want to do more than just link up though: we want to develop long-term, no-strings relationships that become more valuable as Talking Naturally builds, that ‘shares’ our audiences and gives conservation organisations a chance to promote themselves when they want to. We want to actually do something for conservation rather than just talking about it…
Now, much as I wish I could claim that these ‘projects’ spring up perfectly-formed from a deep well of inspiration and clear-thinking, I can’t. Like most people I suspect, I come up with an idea, chew it around a little, then come close to giving it up thinking that a) no-one will be interested, and b)…well, actually b) is the same as a) now I’m thinking about it….
Fortunately over the years, though, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some really great people who have been generous with their advice and support. One of them in fact I am related to through a very fortuitous accident of birth, but the rest are just very good people who are trying to make a difference in the world and who recognise a fellow traveller along what is usually a very difficult route.
One of those ‘good people’ is David Stanton, who I was introduced to in October last year when the podcast linked to below was made (it’s still very relevant, of course, although the specific Appeal fund-raiser referred to is finished). David is Executive-Director of the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen (FAPLY), an NGO which works to ensure a “sustainably managed wild population of wild Arabian leopards living in harmony with local communities in Yemen”.
Critically Endangered, the beautiful Arabian Leopard Panthera pardus nimr is one of the most highly endangered large cats in the world with a wild population that is believed to be (well) fewer than 250 individuals, with probably just another sixty in captivity. It’s an animal that desperately needs all of our help, and one that – partly because it’s not recognised as a full species – it rarely gets.
However, with Trustees and Board Members that include former Yemeni Prime Minister, His Excellency Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Iryani, a Yemeni business leader Mr. Haitham Alaini, and Mr. Marco Livadiotti, a 50-year resident of Yemen with an impressive track record in the conservation of Yemen’s nature and culture, as David writes on the FPALY website, “It is safe to say that few, if any, NGOs in Yemen have a more powerful or dedicated Board of Trustees than the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen”. That is great news for the Arabian Leopard and a clear sign that David’s integrity and hard work is valued within the country.
And outside Yemen too. We here at Talking Naturally are thrilled that David sees us as allies in his fight to save the Arabian Leopard from extinction, and we’ll do everything we can to promote his work and help him and FPALY through ‘partnership’ and by inspiring our visitors about his work and the issues surrounding the Arabian Leopard.
Arabian Leopard photograhed by ‘camera trap’, Feb 2011. Photo FPALY.
Recorded in October 2011 this short podcast with David Stanton explains how rare the Arabian Leopard is, and what FPALY is doing to save this critically endangered taxon.